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Cabbagetown

  1. 1. Images and text: InternetMusic: Hank Thompson -The older the violin, the sweeter the music Adriana
  2. 2. Cabbagetown is a neighbourhood located on the east side of downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It comprises "the largest continuous area of preserved Victorian housing in all of North America", according to the Cabbagetown Preservation Association. Cabbagetowns name derives from the Irish immigrants who moved to the neighbourhood beginning in the late 1840s, said to have been so poor that they grew cabbage in their front yards. Canadian writer Hugh Garners novel, Cabbagetown, depicted life in the neighbourhood during the Great Depression. The area today known as Cabbagetown was first known as the village of Don Vale, just outside of Toronto. It grew up in the 1840s around the Winchester Street Bridge, which before the construction of the Prince Edward Viaduct was the main northern bridge over the Don River. In the late 19th century the area was absorbed into the city as it became home to the working class Irish inhabitants who were employed in the industries along the lakeshore to the south in Corktown. Brick Victorian style houses were built throughout the area. After the war the area became increasingly impoverished. It became known as one of Torontos largest slums and much of the original Cabbagetown was razed in the late 1940s to make room for the Regent Park housing project. The remaining section to the north, then still known as Don Vale, was also slated for to be cleared and replaced by housing projects. The construction of new housing projects was halted in the 1970s that saw the rise of the reform movement that opposed such sweeping plans. (Source: Wikipedia)Press ESC to end show

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