East Bayfront, or the East Bayfront Precinct, is an emerging neighbourhood in Toronto, Canada. It is undergoing a transformation from industrial use to mixed-use as part of Waterfront Toronto's plans to create a residential and commercial district urban core near the lake; the area is bordered by the Parliament Street to the east, Jarvis Street and the Jarvis Slip to the west, the rail line and Gardiner Expressway to the north. The area is 15.5 hectares of land. The area was filled in during the 19th and 20th Century to accommodate growth of business needing access to the waterfront; the district is concrete with few trees or greenspace. The Water's Edge Promenade will provide tree line board walk to the area. Sugar Beach and the Sherbourne Common will provide some green space; the area's revitalization is being managed by Waterfront Toronto, a partnership of Federal and local governments encouraging progressive and sustainable development of the Toronto waterfront. Several docking facilities for tour boats operating in the inner harbour in the east and west ends of the District.
A number of small industrial-commercial business parks dots the area, but some are being demolished and replaced with parking lots. There are four owned public parking lots in the district; the area has gone through redevelopment in the early 21st century, with several new amenities and attractions opening in the neighbourhood including: Water's Edge Promenade - a tree lined boardwalk from Jarvis to Sherbourne Parkside - Great Gulf Group 36 floor condo project designed by Moshe Safdie Bayside - city owned land for planned residential and retail development Parliament Wavedeck - mixed use public space/water treatment facility Corus Quay Corus Entertainment head offices Sugar Beach Sherbourne Common - a 1.5 hectares park George Brown College Waterfront campusThe area includes a 130,000-square-metre office and institutional zone on the dockside tract of East Bayfront. This section consists of the 42,000-square-metre Corus Quay and the George Brown College's Health Sciences Campus. In December 2009, Waterfront Toronto revealed the first major private sector development for the district, called Parkside.
The $200 million residential development project, designed by Moshe Safdie and developed by Great Gulf Group of Companies, will be located on the northeast corner of Queens Quay East and Sherbourne, south of the Gardiner Expressway and just east of the new Sherbourne Park. The Bayfront area is accessed by various roads and expressways: Queens Quay East - provides access through the centre of the precinct Lake Shore Boulevard East - provides access along the northern end of the district Gardiner Expressway - forms northern boundary along with Lake Shore Boulevard East with on/off ramps at Jarvis and Sherbourne Lower Jarvis Street - forms western boundary. Plans by the TTC would see streetcar service in the district. Streetcars would run from Union Station down to Bay and Queens Quay, head east along the Queens Quay to Parliament Street; the interim terminus at Parliament will feature a loop, but the TTC plans to extend the route into the East Donlands in the future. The Toronto Transit Commission has two bus routes in the precinct's west end: 6 and 6A Bay - running along Queens Quay East, Freeland Street and Lower Jarvis 75 Sherbourne - running along Lower Sherbourne, Lower Jarvis and Queens Quay EastThere is no public transit in the east end of the precinct.
There are plans to develop a light rail line along Queens Quay as far as Parliament Street. Most of the remaining slips are not in use due departure of a number of business along the water's edge: Jarvis Street Slip Parliament Street Slip Pier 27 Port Lands Corktown Regent Park St. Lawrence Market Waterfront Trail Waterfront Toronto
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The Globe and Mail is a Canadian newspaper printed in five cities in western and central Canada. With a weekly readership of 2,018,923 in 2015, it is Canada's most read newspaper on weekdays and Saturdays, although it falls behind the Toronto Star in overall weekly circulation because the Star publishes a Sunday edition while the Globe does not; the Globe and Mail is regarded by some as Canada's "newspaper of record". The newspaper is owned based in Toronto; the predecessor to The Globe and Mail was called The Globe. Brown's liberal politics led him to court the support of the Clear Grits, precursor to the modern Liberal Party of Canada; the Globe began in Toronto as a weekly party organ for Brown's Reform Party, but seeing the economic gains that he could make in the newspaper business, Brown soon targeted a wide audience of liberal minded freeholders. He selected as the motto for the editorial page a quotation from Junius, "The subject, loyal to the Chief Magistrate will neither advise nor submit to arbitrary measures."
The quotation is carried on the editorial page to this day. By the 1850s, The Globe had become an well-regarded daily newspaper, it began distribution by railway to other cities in Ontario shortly after Confederation. At the dawn of the twentieth century, The Globe added photography, a women's section, the slogan "Canada's National Newspaper", which remains on its front-page banner, it began opening bureaus and offering subscriptions across Canada. On 23 November 1936, The Globe merged with The Mail and Empire, itself formed through the 1895 merger of two conservative newspapers, The Toronto Mail and Toronto Empire. Press reports at the time stated, "the minnow swallowed the whale" because The Globe's circulation was smaller than The Mail and Empire's; the merger was arranged by George McCullagh, who fronted for mining magnate William Henry Wright and became the first publisher of The Globe and Mail. McCullagh committed suicide in 1952, the newspaper was sold to the Webster family of Montreal.
As the paper lost ground to The Toronto Star in the local Toronto market, it began to expand its national circulation. The newspaper was unionised under the banner of the American Newspaper Guild. From 1937 until 1974, the newspaper was produced at the William H. Wright Building, located at 140 King Street West on the northeast corner of King Street and York Street, close to the homes of the Toronto Daily Star at Old Toronto Star Building at 80 King West and the Old Toronto Telegram Building at Bay and Melinda; the building at 130 King Street West was demolished in 1974 to make way for First Canadian Place, the newspaper moved to 444 Front Street West, the headquarters of the Toronto Telegram newspaper, built in 1963. In 1965, the paper was bought by Winnipeg-based FP Publications, controlled by Bryan Maheswary, which owned a chain of local Canadian newspapers. FP put a strong emphasis on the Report on Business section, launched in 1962, thereby building the paper's reputation as the voice of Toronto's business community.
FP Publications and The Globe and Mail were sold in 1980 to The Thomson Corporation, a company run by the family of Kenneth Thomson. After the acquisition there were few changes made in news policy. However, there was more attention paid to national and international news on the editorial, op-ed, front pages in contrast to its previous policy of stressing Toronto and Ontario material; the Globe and Mail has always been a morning newspaper. Since the 1980s, it has been printed in separate editions in six Canadian cities: Montreal, Winnipeg and Vancouver. Southern Ontario Newspaper Guild employees took their first strike vote at The Globe in 1982 marking a new era in relations with the company; those negotiations ended without a strike, the Globe unit of SONG still has a strike-free record. SONG members voted in 1994 to sever ties with the American-focused Newspaper Guild. Shortly afterwards, SONG affiliated with the Communications and Paperworkers Union of Canada. Under the editorship of William Thorsell in the 1980s and 1990s, the paper endorsed the free trade policies of Progressive Conservative Prime Minister Brian Mulroney.
The paper became an outspoken proponent of the Meech Lake Accord and the Charlottetown Accord, with their editorial the day of the 1995 Quebec Referendum quoting a Mulroney speech in favour of the Accord. During this period, the paper continued to favour such liberal policies as decriminalizing drugs and expanding gay rights. In 1995, the paper launched globeandmail.com. Since the launch of the National Post as another English-language national paper in 1998, some industry analysts had proclaimed a "national newspaper war" between The Globe and Mail and the National Post; as a response to this threat, in 2001, The Globe and Mail was combined with broadcast assets held by Bell Canada to form the joint venture Bell Globemedia. In 2004, access to some features of globeandmail.com became restricted to paid subscribers only. The subscription service was reduced a few years to include an electronic edition of the newspaper, access to its archives, membership to a premium investment site
Palmerston–Little Italy is a neighbourhood in central Toronto, Canada. Its boundaries, according to the City of Toronto, are by Bathurst Street to the east, Bloor Street to the north, Dovercourt Road to the west and College Street to the south, it is a mature downtown neighbourhood. Within this official neighbourhood of the City of Toronto are two neighbourhoods and Little Italy and the commercial enclave of Mirvish Village; the area that makes up Mirvish Village is made up of a series of former Victorian homes on Markham Street which housed independently owned shops, art studios, bookstores and galleries. Between 1959 and 1963, the late Ed Mirvish of Honest Ed's bought up the east side of the block south of his store, with the intention of tearing down the houses and building a customer parking lot. Toronto's municipal government refused to issue a building permit, he purchased the houses on the other side of the street. His son owned the David Mirvish Gallery, which opened in 1963 as one of Mirvish Village's first shops and which continued for 15 years.
In the 1950s and 1960s, the Ontario provincial and Metropolitan Toronto governments proposed running a six-lane north-south expressway to the east of Grace Street. This was an extension of Highway 400 and would have gone from a proposed Crosstown Expressway in the vicinity of Davenport and Dupont, south to the Gardiner Expressway. In the 1960s, opposition to the Spadina and Christie expressway projects led the City of Toronto to oppose the Christie and Crosstown projects. After the cancellation of the Spadina Expressway by the province, the Crosstown and Christie expressway projects were abandoned as well; the neighbourhood is residential, consisting of residential side streets full of semi-detached homes built in the early 20th century. The major streets are Bloor Street to the north, running east-west, a four-lane arterial road commercial in nature. Bloor Street has many commercial businesses. To the east is Bathurst Street, running north-south, another four-lane arterial road with residences along both sides.
Running east-west is Harbord Street, a four-lane arterial road with a mix of residences and commercial storefronts and restaurants. Running east-west is College Street a four-lane arterial road with a vibrant commercial strip named Little Italy, one of the original ethnically Italian districts of Toronto. To the west, north-south streets include Ossington Avenue, a four-lane arterial road residential and Dovercourt Road, a four-lane road residential. In the north-east corner of the neighbourhood is "Mirvish Village", a one-block long enclave of businesses of arts west and extending south of the "Honest Ed's" discount department store at Bathurst and Bloor. Notable landmarks in the neighbourhood include: Honest Ed's Bathurst Street Theatre Harbord Street Bridge Mirvish Village is a commercial enclave on Markham Street, one block west of Bathurst Street, encompasses the two sides of the street and back alleys for one block south of Bloor Street; the entire city block on each side is about to undergo a major transformation.
A new chapter has begun with the Honest Ed's / Mirvish Village Proposed Redevelopment project. 23 buildings will be preserved and renovated inside. The retail storefronts will remain small and varied; the heritage buildings on the east side will have a series of high rental apartment buildings behind them. A pedestrian marketplace and “Honest Ed’s Alley” are proposed on the east side and a park and daycare will be included on the west side. According to Statistic Canada, the neighbourhood in 2011 has 2,360 residents living there which recorded an increase by 25 people from 2,335 people in 2006 census. By citizenship, the neighbourhood's population consists of 2,140 Canadian Citizens and 220 non-Canadian Citizens. By visible minorities, the four biggest groups are: Chinese, South Asian and Filipino; the only visible minority group recorded a population growth is Chinese with about 100 new residents and 220 of them in the neighbourhood. Most residents had income over $40,000 per year in 2005 from the 2006 Census.
In 2011, most people had income in the range of $10,000 - $29,000 annually. It is to note that the average income from the 2006 census was $41,141 a year and median income was $25,096 a year. In addition, the average income in 2011 NHS was $45,978 a year and the median income is $28,093 a year, a small increase in median income of about $2,997. In 2015 average household income was $126,000. Houses in this neighborhood sell for an average of $1,500,000 with the recent rise in housing prices. Secular English-oriented public schools in Palmerston-Little Italy are operated by the Toronto District School Board. In addition to the Toronto District School Board, three other publicly-funded school boards operate in Toronto; the publicly-funded English-oriented separate schools in Toronto are operated by the Toronto Catholic District School Board. Secular French-oriented public schools are provided by Conseil scolaire Viamonde, whereas French-oriented public separate school are provided by Conseil scolaire catholique MonAvenir.
However, the latter three school boards do not operate a school in the neighbourhood. Public schools in the area include: Central Commerce Collegiate is located on Shaw Street, built in 1916. Harbord Collegiate Institute is located on Harbord Street, built in 1892. King Edward Public School is a public Junior and Intermediate school on Lippincott Street
The Distillery District is a commercial and residential district in Toronto, Canada. Located east of downtown, it contains numerous cafés, shops housed within heritage buildings of the former Gooderham and Worts Distillery; the 13 acres district comprises more than forty heritage buildings and ten streets, is the largest collection of Victorian-era industrial architecture in North America. The district was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 1988; the Gooderham and Worts Distillery was founded in 1832 and by the late 1860s was the largest distillery in the world. Once providing over 2 million US gallons of whisky for export on the world market, the company was bought out in years by rival Hiram Walker Co. another large Canadian distiller. Its location on the side of the Canadian National Railway mainline and its proximity to the mouth of the original route of the Don River outlet into Lake Ontario created a hard edge which separated the district from neighbouring communities; these did, allow for a facilitated transport connection to the rest of Canada and the world and acted as Toronto's domination as an industrial centre or transshipping hub.
With the deindustrialization of the surrounding area in the late 20th century, the winding-down of the distillery operations, the district was left derelict. Surrounding industrial and commercial buildings and structures were demolished, leaving the former distillery surrounded by empty lots. Nonetheless, the closing of the remaining distillery operations in 1990 created redevelopment and investment opportunities for a district that contained the largest and best preserved collection of Victorian-era industrial architecture in North America; the Distillery District was designated as a National Historic Site, has been protected under the Ontario Heritage Act since 1976. It was listed by National Geographic magazine as a "top pick" in Canada for travellers; the economic recession of the early 1990s, the resulting crash in residential condominium prices and office lease rates in downtown Toronto, delayed efforts to revitalize the district. Nonetheless, two residential condominium buildings were constructed on the periphery of the district during the late 1990s.
While the site awaited redevelopment and reinvestment, the district's ambiance began to attract numerous film shoots. Since 1990, the site has served as a location for over 800 television productions. In 2001, the site was purchased by Cityscape Holdings Inc. which transformed the district into a pedestrian-orientated area. Work was completed and the district reopened to the public by 2003; the new owners refused to lease any of the retail and restaurant space to chains or franchises, accordingly, the majority of the buildings are occupied with boutiques, art galleries, jewellery stores, cafés, coffeehouses, including a well-known microbrewery, the Mill Street Brewery. The upper floors of a number of buildings have been leased to artists as studio spaces and to office tenants with a "creative focus". A new theatre, the Young Centre for the Performing Arts, has opened on the site and serves as the home of the Soulpepper Theatre Company and the drama productions of nearby George Brown College.
There are plans to develop residential condominiums and more retail space on the vacant lands that surround the district. New condominium developments will be located at the south-east corner of the neighbourhood, bordering on Cherry Street and Tank House Lane; the Pan American Games' Athletes' Village was built in the area in 2015, in conjunction with an extension to the streetcar network constructed along Cherry Street. After the games, the athletes village was converted to townhouses, affordable housing, retail space; the Toronto Christmas Market is an annual outdoor tradition run within the Distillery District, for last year it was open from November 15 - December 23, 2018. It is turned into a magical'town-like' area covered with twinkly lights, in the center of the market is a 54 ft Christmas tree; the market includes "Santa's house", an Indigo pop-up shop, pet photos with Santa, a Ferris wheel and themed entertainment each day. There are multiple food vendors and dining locations that are popular tourist attractions such as French Canadian Poutine, the Gingerbread House, Maple Leaf Fudge, Mill Street Brewery, more.
In 2017, Canadian singer Shawn Mendes and American model Hailey Baldwin attended the Toronto Christmas Market. The Distillery District's traditional brick-paved streets and lanes are restricted to pedestrians and cyclists, with general motor vehicle traffic restricted to streets and parking areas outside of the district's historic centre. Several large sculptures installed along the lanes enliven its streetscapes, three being on Distillery Lane and the final one at the parking area at the end of Trinity Street. Another primary landmark is the chimney stack atop the Boiler House complex. There are informal public spaces on the pedestrianized streets with chairs and tables for general use, as well as formal patios for some of its coffee houses and restaurants. Trinity Street is the widest street in the district and functions as a public square for events such as market days; the main thoroughfares within the district are Distillery Lane from Parliament Street running southeast to Trinity Street, Trinity Street from Mill Street at its north end to the motor vehicle parking area at its south end, Tank House Lane from Trinity Street east to Cherry Street.
The four borders of the Distillery District are Parliament Street to the west, Mill Street to the north, Cherry Street to the east, the parking area to the south with the condominiums along
CityPlace is a neighbourhood in Downtown Toronto, Canada, within the former Railway Lands. When completed, this area will be the largest residential development created in Toronto; the area is bordered by Bathurst Street to the west, Lake Shore Boulevard to the south, Front Street to the north and Blue Jays Way and the Rogers Centre to the east. Cityplace is a 5- to 10-minute walk from King Street West and Liberty Village and a 10- to 20-minute walk from Toronto's financial district; the neighbourhood is home to the Canoe Landing Park designed by famed Canadian writer and artist Douglas Coupland. What is now CityPlace was conceived as a way to revitalize what was Canadian National's former Spadina Street Yard Facility, part of the extensive Railway Lands in the waterfront area. Going as far back as 1965, when CN began to shift the functions of many of its yards in the Greater Toronto Area to a centralized facility in the northern suburb of Vaughan, there had been plans to revitalize this part of downtown.
One of them called for the construction of a large television/telecommunications tower as a showcase of Canadian industry, realized in the 1970s with the CN Tower in addition to the massive Metro Centre, cancelled. Further development took place in the 1980s, with the 1984 completion of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre drawing new attention to the area. With the arrival of new visitors and development of new commercial draws, a fresh master plan was drawn up by the City of Toronto for revitalization of this area. At the same time Via Rail, the sole remaining occupant of the Spadina Street Yards, relocated their local operations to the newly built Toronto Maintenance Centre in New Toronto, freeing up the lands necessary for the planned revitalization. Work commenced after the demolition of the last railway buildings with the construction of SkyDome, completed in 1989. At the same time, a new network of roads and infrastructure began to take shape; the project proceeded smoothly until an economic downturn caused many of the development plans to be shelved, much land stood abandoned until 1997 when construction of the Air Canada Centre arena commenced.
This began the third and final phase of redevelopment called CityPlace which called for a multipurpose development of commercial and retail along the western section of the Railway Lands. The current CityPlace development was conceived by Concord Adex Developments, the same company that helped revitalize a large section of former Expo 86 lands in Vancouver; the final portion of CityPlace to be developed is Block 31. The proposal for Block 31 included a 42-storey mixed-use tower, it was criticized for the shadows it would cast over nearby amenity spaces and the site's adjoining Canoe Landing Park, as well as the views it would obstruct. Following a round of public consultations in early 2015, the new schematic design for Block 31 was revealed, it will include a new community centre. Toronto District School Board and the Toronto Catholic District School Board have both been designated to use the new space; the shared school building will seek to maximize spatial efficiency, with a common gym and theatre complex for both schools.
Block 31's design attempts to maximize available green space. With an articulated green roof spanning the complex's footprint; the 150,000 square foot complex is expected to cost $55 million to construct, is set to be completed by 2019. Project size: 18 hectares including an 8-hectare community park. 7500 residential units upon completion. Residential development is divided into 10 street blocks, numbered from 1 to 10; each street block contains a number of residential towers with its own sets of common facilities. Block 1 was developed first with 4 towers, namely Matrix A/B and Apex C/D, all with Front Street West addresses; the street block features buildings directly facing the entertainment district and the closest walk to the Financial District. Block 2 features 1 building only, directly behind the Rogers Centre, fronting on Navy Wharf Court, it features a heightened privacy comparing to the other interconnected towers. Completed 2003. Block 3 is the largest street block in the entire CityPlace complex, with 4 towers and a mid-rise building, as well as townhouses to decrease the tension of high density development.
The project was named Harbour View Estates and was completed in 2006. Block 4 features 2 towers and a mid-rise, mirroring the Harbour View Estates both in location and in design; the buildings are named as WestOne, N1/N2 and The Gallery, was completed by October 2007. Block 5 contains one tower, completed in early 2009, a mid-rise building, completed in late 2008. Block 6 has further progressed in design as trend evolves, with 2 towers and 1 mid-rise and Luna Vista. Completed April 2010 Block 7-8 Two towers with a 2-story bridge at floors 28 and 29, 2 podium buildings and 2 mid-rise buildings. Completed 2013. Block 9 contains the 3.24 hectares Canoe Landing Park Block 10 will contain the Panorama building with a 7-story podium/mid-rise and a luxury high rise. The high-rise will feature a number of 1500+sqft units with private elevators. Completed April 2010. Number of Units: over 5,000 residential units to date. – denotes estimate See Concord Pacific Masterplan in External Links With its location nestled between the Gardiner Expressway and Union Station, CityPlace is a accessible area.
The development is serviced by the Toronto Transit Commission's 509 Harbourfront, 510 Spadina, 511 Bathurst streetcar lines. In addition, a median is being set aside along Bremner Boulev
The Annex is a neighbourhood in Downtown Toronto, Canada. The traditional boundaries of the neighbourhood are north to Dupont Street, south to Bloor Street, west to Bathurst Street and east to Avenue Road; the City of Toronto recognizes a broader neighbourhood definition that includes the adjacent Seaton Village and Yorkville areas. Bordering the University of Toronto, the Annex has long been a student quarter and is home to many fraternity housing and members of the university's faculty, its residents are predominantly well-educated. According to Canada 2011 Census, the neighbourhood has an average income of $66,742.67 above the average income in the Toronto census metropolitan area. The Annex is not known for its big population of immigrants: in 2011, Statistics Canada declared that there were about 4,665 immigrants - predominantly from the United Kingdom and the United States - living in the area; as of the Canada 2016 Census, the three census tracts that compose the Annex have a total population of 16,834 and an average population density of 11,450 people/km².
The Annex is residential, where streets are lined with huge trees dwarfing the massive Victorian and Edwardian homes and mansions, most of them built between 1880 and the early 1900s. The 1950s and 1960s saw the replacement of some homes and mansions with mid-rise and a handful of high-rise apartment buildings in the International style; these were surrounded with landscaped green spaces in an attempt to better fit into the neighbourhood. But thanks to the Government freeze of development in 1975 for any buildings higher than 45 feet, most of the homes have been unscathed. There are now over 500 buildings in the Annex protected by the Historical Board of Toronto, so developers have less chance of maximizing their ventures by tearing down old mansions and developing low rises and townhouse complexes; some of architect Uno Prii's most expressive, sculptural apartment buildings are located in the Annex. Because of its proximity to the university, the Annex has a high rate of seasonal tenant turnover, its residents range from university students to older long-time residents.
The stretch of Bloor Street, between Avenue Road and Bathurst Street, is a vibrant social and mixed-use area offering a wide range of services from moderate-priced dining to independent discount retailers, in buildings which include residential space in upper floors. Just west of the Annex proper, along Bloor Street, there are street signs that post Koreatown due to the high percentage of Korean owned businesses, but many locals refer to the area as "West Annex". During the 1950s and 1960s, an influx of Hungarian immigrants moved into the neighbourhood after the 1956 Hungarian Revolution was suppressed, some of the businesses and properties along Bloor may still be owned by Hungarian-Canadian families; the Annex is home to many examples of a uniquely Torontonian style of house, popular among the city's elite in the late nineteenth century. Examples of this style survive in the former upper class areas along Jarvis and Sherbourne Street and within the University of Toronto campus. Most of these buildings are found in the Annex, the style is thus known by some as the'Annex style house.'
The original conception is attributed to E. J. Lennox, the most prominent architect in late nineteenth century Toronto, his 1887 design for the home of contractor Lewis Lukes at 37 Madison Avenue introduced a design that would be imitated and modified for the next two decades. The Annex style house borrows elements from both the American Richardson Romanesque and the British Queen Anne Style. Annex style houses feature large rounded Romanesque arches along with Queen Anne style decorative items such as turrets. Attics are emphasized in the exterior architecture; the houses are most made of brick, though some incorporate Credit Valley sandstone. Built for many of the city's wealthiest citizens, the houses are large; as the wealthy moved away from the neighborhood, many of the houses were thus subdivided into apartments. Seaton Village or the'West Annex' is west of Bathurst Street and includes the Koreatown shopping district at its southern border. While Seaton Village shares several characteristics with The Annex, it is quieter, more family-oriented, has smaller, less expensive homes.
Vermont Square Park is near the centre of Seaton Village. The park has a playground, including a wading pool. St. Albans Boys and Girls club and the Bill Bolton hockey arena are located in the park. Clinton Street features a house totally covered with circular "woodcakes" cut from billiards cues. Popular Annex restaurants include Puck'n Wings, Fanny Chadwick's, Sushi on Bloor, Sushi Couture and Greg's Ice Cream, busy during summers. El Furniture restaurant is popular among students because everything on its menu is offered for $5. Night time spots include The Dance Cave above Lee's Palace. European settlement of this area began in the 1790s; the area east of Brunswick Avenue became part of the village of Yorkville, while the region west of Brunswick was part of Seaton Village. In 1883, Yorkville agreed to annexation with the City of Toronto. In 1886, Simeon Janes, a developer, created a subdivision; the Annex area became part of Toronto in 1887 and Seaton Village joined Toronto in 1888. First residents of the area included Timothy Eaton, patriarch of
Christie Pits Willowvale Park, is a public recreational area in Toronto, Canada. It is located at 750 Bloor Street West at Christie Street, just west of the Toronto Transit Commission Christie subway station; the park has an area of 21.9 acres, about half of, grassed picnic areas, the rest being various sports fields. Sports facilities on the site include three baseball diamonds, basketball courts, a soccer/rugby/football field, The Alex Duff Outdoor Pool, splash pad and adjacent outdoor ice rink which are located on the west edge of the park at 779 Crawford Street; the sides of the pits are sloped, as a result of which most of the area of the park sits well below street level. The slopes are used in winter for tobogganing and related activities. Garrison Creek runs under the park, converted to a storm sewer at the turn of the 20th century; the park was named after the Christie Sand Pits. The sand pits had been named after Christie Street, named after William Mellis Christie, co-founder of the Christie & Brown Cookie Company, now known as Mr. Christie.
The official name of the park, Willowvale Park, never caught on, the common name for the park since its days as a sand pit, Christie Pits, was adopted as the park's official name in 1983. There are three baseball fields at the Pits; the large and main venue is in the northeast corner of the park. The field has limited seating capacity with bench seats along the first and third bases with most spectators sitting along the grass hills. A wood broadcast booth is located at the top of the northeast corner. There are no change rooms at this field; the park hosts the Toronto Maple Leafs of Intercounty Baseball, the High Park Juniors of the Toronto Baseball Association, local high school games. A smaller baseball diamond is located next to the washroom facilities. On February 2, 2010 it was announced that the main ballpark at Christie Pits would be named "Dominico Field" in honor of longtime owners of the IBL Maple Leafs. There was a ceremony during a Maple Leafs home game May 2010 to make it official.
On August 16, 1933, Christie Pits was the scene of a six-hour riot between the Anglo-Canadian Pit Gang and a group of young men and boys, who were Jewish with some Italians and Ukrainians, who were not a gang, but sometimes were incorrectly referred to as the Spadina Avenue Gang. One of the baseball diamonds was being used for a series of softball games between two local amateur teams, one of which predominantly consisted of Jewish players. Two nights earlier, at the first game of the series, there had been a display of a swastika and police were warned that there could be trouble at the second game; those warnings were ignored, after the second game, a blanket with a large swastika painted on it was displayed by members of the Pit Gang. The Jewish youths at the game responded to the display, supporters of both sides poured in from the surrounding streets and a riot ensued; the Toronto Daily Star captured the event the next day, "While groups of Jewish and Gentile youths wielded fists and clubs in a series of violent scraps for possession of a white flag bearing a swastika symbol at Willowvale Park last night, a crowd of more than 10,000 citizens, excited by cries of'Heil Hitler' became a disorderly mob and surged wildly about the park and surrounding streets, trying to gain a view of the actual combatants, which soon developed in violence and intensity of racial feeling into one of the worst free-for-alls seen in the city.
Scores were injured, many requiring medical and hospital attention…. Heads were opened, eyes blackened and bodies thumped and battered as dozens of persons, young or old, many of them non-combatant spectators, were injured more or less by a variety of ugly weapons in the hands of wild-eyed and irresponsible young hoodlums, both Jewish and Gentile". A Heritage Toronto plaque was installed at Christie Pits Park on the 75th anniversary of the riot in August 2008. In August 2007 a Friends of Christie Pits Park group was formed, it is active in organizing events and advocating on behalf of the Park. Media related to Christie Pits at Wikimedia Commons