“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.
There’s a genuine community feel about Roncesvalles Avenue and its adjacent streets. Now flourishing after a two year facelift, the west end’s “Main Street” is packed with one-of-a-kind shops, pubs, restaurants and TORONTO’s oldest cinema.
<The community-run REVUE Cinema opened in 1912>
<Coffee and all that Jazz, Howard Street>
Centre of the Polish community, birthplace of the first Canadian Sphynx Cat, High Park next door, The Roncy is reachable by three streetcar lines and the subway.
A Roncesvalles Avenue first – the friendly, hairless Sphynx Cat, suitable for cat lovers with hair allergies. Read the Sphynx Cat story at http://torontoist.com/2013/03/toronto-invents-the-sphynx-cat/
The King, Dundas and College streetcars all pass through the Roncesvalles neighbourhood. Subway stop – DUNDAS WEST, and walk 3 blocks south.
Ice skating at Sherbourne Common, one of 50 outdoor rinks in the City of Toronto.
<Willowvale Park at Christie Pits, 5 rinks, 1923, City of Toronto Archives>
TORONTO has the most outdoor compressor-cooled ice rinks of any city in the world. There are 4 rinks in the city centre, and 46 in neighbourhoods. Twelve are double pads – one for playing hockey, the other for pleasure-skating. The rest are single pads where hockey and pleasure-skating take turns.
<PHOTO ABOVE – the new rink at Regent Park>
St. James Town is Canada’s largest high-rise community. About 20,000 people live here – on Wellesley Street East at Parliament. Built in the 1960’s as a trendy city-within-a-city, it’s now a first stop for newly arrived immigrants.
Common languages spoken in St. James Town: Tagalog, Tamil, Cantonese, Mandarin, Korean, Spanish, Russian, Serbian, Bengali and Urdu.
This may be one of TORONTO’s poorer neighbourhoods (average income $23,000), but there’s a brand new community centre, a multi-cultural elementary school, a state-of-the-art public library, and a city-centre location with excellent transit connections. Panoramic views from these 19-32 storey buildings are among the most spectacular in the city. <PHOTO BELOW – a car wrapped up for winter, St. James Town>