The Railway Lands are a great neighbourhood to wander around in. Other than high rises, you can watch the trains coming and going from Union Station. <The GO Trains below are parked.> There’s parkland, restaurants, public art – and Spadina Avenue and Bathurst Street aren’t far away.This bridge across the railway lines connects the south side with the north, and from there Draper Street, a Heritage Conservation District.This little brick street has survived overall industrialization of the King-Spadina neighbourhood.The street is named after William Henry Draper (1801-77). He was a lawyer and a politician, and later was appointed Chief Justice of Post-Confederation Ontario in 1869.
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Bordering on Regent Park and close to Downtown and Cabbagetown, River Street offers both condominum apartments and reasonably priced rentals. Parts of Old Toronto linger as well., and well-used bike paths (especially on weekends) follow the sidewalks. It may not be fancy, but it’s coming along as a new East Side TORONTO neighbourhood.Public transit and major cross-town streets add some pizazz to what once was a hangout for ladies-of-the-evening.There’s been quite a change in River Street over the last few years, and it’s not nearly finished yet. There’s construction all around, especially in neighbouring Regent Park.
<Metcalfe Street is alive with a multitude of trees – and black squirrels><F’Amelia, a very popular dining spot at #12 Amelia Street,><Some gingerbread on Sumach Street – one of the neighbourhood’s most photographed houses.><Hard to believe, but this was once a convenience store. Notice the traffic calming signs. They’re everywhere.><The corner ice-cream and coffee shop & gathering place – Sumach Street, opposite Riverdale Park.><A typical Cabbagetown laneway – there are many of them. Coming soon – more laneway houses if City Hall permits.>
“As TORONTO continues to be surrounded by more and more condo buildings, it is fun being reminded that somewhere near these gigantic high-rise buildings lives a world of little spaces. Craven Road and the Tiny House Society have managed to prove that a few hundred square feet is more than enough space to live comfortably — even among rooms full of history.” – Spacing Magazine.CRAVEN ROAD is reachable by the Queen Street East and Dundas East streetcar lines. The subway stop is COXWELL.
‘R’ is for Rosedale, proclaims a condo billboard along the frontier of one of TORONTO’s oldest inner suburbs and one of its wealthiest.The subway and two bus lines run through the neighbourhood. 8,000 live within its precinct, and there’s plenty of ‘Old Money’ around.Rosedale is crisscrossed by three ravines, and its streets go uphill and downdale. It’s a wonderful place to walk, run and bicycle; the gardens and trees are gorgeous, and there are few fences or barricades.You can get lost in here, but the locals are quite friendly and helpful.Within the neighbourhood it’s all houses, parks, gardens, bridges, ravines – and one small row of shops where refreshments are available.Rosedale’s main street is Yonge Street. Subway stop – ROSEDALE, and then walk or take Bus #82; or Subway stop – SHERBOURNE, and then Bus #75
Before TORONTO traffic and construction starts in the morning, some birds are up well before the sun. Not only do they sing in the morning, but they sing loud. Robins, for instance, are so sensitive to light and they’re such early risers that even a tiny bit of light is enough to wake them up and start them chirping.DAVID SIBLEY, a birder, artist, and author of ‘What It’s Like To Be A Bird’ says if you’re bored, try watching birds. “Birds make a lot of noise and their songs and calls all mean something. It takes some practice to hear them, but once you start noticing these sounds you will hear them everywhere.”“In these days when travel is restricted, when a lot of experiences are impossible, birds bring the experience to you.” – DAVID SIBLEY Yesterday two cardinals visited. They seem to come only once every year. This year they were early, spent a few minutes looking around, and then took off – never to be seen again until 2021. I live close to the Don Valley, and probably their permanent residence is somewhere down there. There are plenty of birds and a wildlife sanctuary in the Don Ravine.