"Cabbagetown" Cabbagetown Tip by apbeaches
Cabbagetown, Toronto: 5 reviews and 9 photos
Enjoyed walking around this neighborhood with many Victorians. According to the Cabbagetown Preservation Association; It comprises "the largest continuous area of preserved Victorian housing in all of North America".
It got it's name from the Irish immigrants who moved to the neighborhood beginning in the late 1840's, said to have been so poor that they grew cabbage in their front yards. Canadian writer Hugh Garner's novel, Cabbagetown, depicted life in the neighborhood during the Great Depression.
In the 1970's, Cabbagetown was gentrified by affluent professionals. Many restored small Victorian row houses and became community activists. Darrell Kent, a resident and local businessman, is recognized by the community as having been the driving force behind the restoration of many of the area?s beautiful and unique Victorian houses.
Cabbagetown is home to many artists, musicians, journalists and writers. Other residents include professors, doctors and social workers, many affiliated with the nearby University of Toronto. Proximity to the financial district and downtown core have also made the area popular with other professionals such as lawyers, management consultants and those in financial services. As part of a project called 'Cabbagetown People', historical plaques have been placed on noteworthy homes. A map of the locations has been erected in Riverdale Park West, and an index of the addresses, with the names of the former residents, is posted on a website devoted to this project: http://www.cabbagetownpeople.ca/about/where/
Directions: Located around Carlton/Parliament. Best area is east of Parliament, north of Gerrard. Interesting side streets west of Parliament also, between Carlton/Gerrard/Dundas
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