Parkdale - Toronto Neighbourhood

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Historic photo - south Parkdale Station

Parkdale is a neighbourhood west of downtown Toronto. It is a former village bounded on the west by Roncesvalles Avenue, on the north by Queen Street, on the east by Dufferin Street by Lake Ontario on the south

It joined Toronto in 1889 and was an upper income residential area for the first half of the 20th Century. The building of the Gardiner Expressway in 1955, demolished the southern section of the neighbourhood creating a barrier between the neighbourhood and the lakeshore. This led to a decline in the local economy. Most of the residential buildings were converted into rooming houses, and a higher proportion of lower income residents moved in.


Apartment complexes, such as those lining Jameson Avenue, are home to many of the neighbourhood's residents. Many new immigrants live in parkdale because of the high concentration of low-rent apartment complexes and proximity to the downtown core. The area has a large number of what is considered substandard rental apartment buildings.

Parkdale is seeing increasing signs of gentrification. Queen Street West gentrifcation is moving further west. Caf├ęs, lounges, restaurants, condominiums, shops, and art galleries are being build. Former run down hotels such as Drake Hotel and the Gladstone hotel have been renovated. The area is also becoming a new gay village - gay couples coming into the area to buy and renovate the properties.

Major Streets

  • Queen Street West - the primary commercial street of the neighbourhood.
  • King Street West - a major street continuing to the east to Toronto's downtown, predominantly residential, with a commercial section around Dufferin Street.
  • Dufferin Street
  • Lansdowne Avenue - predominantly a residential street.

Schools

  • Holy Family Catholic School - Holy Family is a Catholic elementary school
  • Parkdale Collegiate Institute - Parkdale Collegiate Institute is a public high school located on Jameson Avenue south of Queen Street. It was founded in the 1880s.
  • Queen Victoria Public School - Queen Victoria is a public elementary school located on Jameson Avenue at King Street.
  • Parkdale Public School - Parkdale P.S is an elementary school which includes preschool to grade 8. It is located on Seaforth avenue.

Public transit

There are several routes serving Parkdale. Along Queen and King Streets, streetcars provide service. Along Lansdowne Avenue and Dufferin Street, bus service is provided, connecting to the Bloor-Danforth subway to the north. The 504 King streetcar route along King Street connects to Dundas West station via Roncesvalles Avenue.

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