DESPITE AMALGAMATION IN 1998, THE SPIRIT OF THE BOROUGH OF EAST YORK LIVES ON

<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