DANIELS Development has done a super job in REGENT PARK, mixing market value & public housing, creating parkland, playgrounds, soccer fields, a running track, an ice rink, a state-of-the-art aquatic centre, theatres, a fashion design school, restaurants, community gardens, a supermarket, coffee shops, a bank, senior’s housing, a new community centre – the works.
The massive Regent Park rebuild is still going on after a decade, with at least another five years of construction ahead. What some once called “a project” is becoming a bright, new neighborhood.
<ABOVE – public vegetable and flower gardens>
<ABOVE – the next stage of development is underway at Parliament and Gerrard Street East>
<ABOVE – the buildings that go up in this section will have some of the best city views>
<ABOVE – Regent Park as it once was – is no more>
Two-thirds of the work is finished, but there’s still more to come. To watch Regent Park evolve take the #506 streetcar to Sackville Street and Gerrard East – and walk south.
<ABOVE – Bruce Kidd running track and soccer field>
<WILLIAM DENISON, former mayor, TORONTO Public Library photo>
DUNCAN FREMLIN, Broker, RE/MAX Hallmark Realty Ltd. – “From 1967 to 1972, WILLIAM DENISON was Mayor of TORONTO. During his time in office, swaths of (Victorian) Cabbagetown were bulldozed in favour of the St. James Town high rises, and if (Denison) had his way, the rest of the neighbourhood would soon follow.
“In March/1978, City Council approved a sweeping expansion of St. James Town South, along Ontario, Bleecker & Wellesley Streets to Carlton.” Then-mayor JOHN SEWELL disapproved.
<JOHN SEWELL, Mayor of TORONTO 1978-1980>
“Under JOHN SEWELL’s leadership, this project was, fortunately, stopped. Mr. Sewell (who was not above lying down in front of demolition equipment) and his associates saved what is now – a unique and precious neighbourhood.” – Parliament Street News, April/2019
This neighborhood is developing a skyline. The tall building in the centre rises 52-storeys behind the elderly Selby Hotel on Sherbourne Street. In the distance – Yorkville’s new Four Seasons Hotel.
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<The East York logo – Leaside Life>
EAST YORK was once Canada’s only borough, but in 1998 it was amalgamated by Mike Harris and his Progressive Conservative government into the “megacity” of TORONTO. It’s kept its personality however, with some high-rise, blocks of bungalows and commercial strips that look as if they came from a STEPHEN SHORE picture book.
Population – about 112,000, which includes Bengalis, South Asians, Jamaicans, Pakistanis, Filipinos, Greeks, Chinese, Koreans, Latin Americans and Sri Lankans.
CHARLES MARKER took a series of photos of EAST YORK on May 24, 2009. They’re now in the City of TORONTO Archives.
PHOTOS BELOW – 1) The Ritz Restaurant, Donlands @ Gamble Avenue; 2) Last Drop Cafe & Dairy Mart, Sammon Avenue at Coxwell; 3) Former Corner Store, Mortimer Avenue at Linsmore; 4) Former East York Shoe Repair, Sammon Avenue at Marlowe; 5) Former Corner Store, Sammon Avenue at Monarch Park; 6) George’s Grill, 1329 Woodbine Avenue at Virginia