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Other places named Parkdale include Parkdale, Oregon; Parkdale, Calgary; Parkdale, Victoria and Parkdale (electoral district). Parkdale is a census-designated place and an unincorporated community located in Hood River County, Oregon. ... Parkdale is a neighbourhood in the city of Calgary, Alberta. ... Parkdale is a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. ... Parkdale was a Canadian electoral district in the western part of Toronto. ...


Parkdale is a neighbourhood in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Village of Parkdale was annexed by the City of Toronto in 1889. It was once an elite residential suburb, home to large Victorian mansions and views of Lake Ontario. Good examples of Victorian housing can be found on Cowan Avenue and Dunn Street, south of King Street. It is sometimes nicknamed Crackdale because of the high rate of poverty, crime, homelessness and mental illness in the neighbourhood. Motto: Ut Incepit Fidelis Sic Permanet (Latin: Loyal she began, loyal she remains) Official languages English Flower White trillium Capital Toronto Largest city Toronto Lieutenant-Governor James K. Bartleman Premier Dalton McGuinty (Liberal) Parliamentary representation  - House seat  - Senate seats 106 24 Area Total  - Land  - Water    (% of total)  Ranked 4th 1... 1889 (MDCCCLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Tuesday (see link for calendar). ... Lake Ontario seen from near Wolcott, New York Lake Ontario (French: lac Ontario), bounded on the north by Ontario and on the south by Ontarios Niagara Peninsula and by New York State, is one of the five Great Lakes of North America. ...


Throughout the first half of the 20th century, Parkdale's desirability stemmed from its proximity to Sunnyside Beach, a favourite day vacation for Torontonians. Cottage industries sprung up in the neighbourhood, creating a vital economic region. Theatres such as the Brighton, and hotels like the Edgewater flourished. (19th century - 20th century - 21st century - more centuries) Decades: 1900s 1910s 1920s 1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s As a means of recording the passage of time, the 20th century was that century which lasted from 1901–2000 in the sense of the Gregorian calendar (1900–1999 in the... A cottage industry is an industry – primarily manufacturing – which includes many producers, working from their homes, typically part time. ...


The Palais Royale, at the eastern edge of Sunnyside Beach, was used for social gatherings. Many important big bands played there in the 1930s and the 1940s, and this attracted a large youth patronage. Many war generation Torontonians courted their future partners in this building. Gardens of the Palais-Royal: The illustration, from an 1863 guide to Paris, enlarges the apparent scale. ... A big band is a large musical ensemble that plays jazz music. ... This article or section is missing references or citation of sources. ... // Events and trends World War II was a truly global conflict with many facets: immense human suffering, fierce indoctrination, and the use of new, extremely devastating weapons such as the atomic bomb. ...


In 1955, the city began work on the Gardiner Expressway, a limited access highway that separated Parkdale from Sunnyside Beach. The expressway effectively halved the amount of usable lakeside parkland. A reorganization of the area's residential streets and the demolition of a local amusement park were also necessary. Patronage of the beach declined rapidly. 1955 (MCMLV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... View of the Gardiner Expressway, west of downtown Toronto, from the pedestrian overpass at the foot of Roncesvalles Avenue. ... High-capacity freeway interchange in Los Angeles, California. ...


As property values plummetted, swaths of land were expropriated to erect social housing. Other areas, such as the northeast corner of blocks around Roncesvalles and Queen, saw large numbers of mansions and other large houses become makeshift low-rise apartment buildings, and other actual low-rise buildings started popping up, as well. Parkdale's businesses and wealthy residents now had less reason to stay.


Parkdale Village, the area of Parkdale closest to the beach, became one of the poorest areas in Toronto. It is bounded on the west by the intersection of King Street, Roncesvalles Avenue, and Queen Street West, on the north by Queen Street West, on the east by Dufferin Street, and on the south by the Gardiner Expressway, roughly half a square kilometre in area. Queen Street West refers to both a major east-west downtown street and a series of neighbourhoods or commercial districts within the city of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. ...


In the mid 1990s, the Ontario provincial government decided to release many long-term care mental illness patients from its Queen Street and Lakeshore Psychiatric Hospital facilities as a cost-cutting measure. The old Victorian mansions of Parkdale had long been converted to boarding houses, and were only a short distance away from both hospitals. The inexpensive rental stock of Parkdale soon became home to many of the released patients. While this migration did not create any real problems, the news drew greater negative attention to the area. By the late 1990s, "Parkdale" became synonymous with poverty, crime, homelessness, and large numbers of people living with mental illness. Parkdale Village is still home to some soup kitchens and day centres for the homeless. A pilot programme for a needle exchange is new to the area. The 1990s decade refers to the years from 1990 to 1999, inclusive. ... Motto: Ut Incepit Fidelis Sic Permanet (Latin: Loyal she began, loyal she remains) Official languages English Flower White trillium Capital Toronto Largest city Toronto Lieutenant-Governor James K. Bartleman Premier Dalton McGuinty (Liberal) Parliamentary representation  - House seat  - Senate seats 106 24 Area Total  - Land  - Water    (% of total)  Ranked 4th 1... Queen Street West refers to both a major east-west downtown street and a series of neighbourhoods or commercial districts within the city of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. ... A needle exchange programme is a controversial public service endorsed by some governments which give clean needles to intravenous drug addicts, in exchange for education of the drug user. ...


Parkdale is one of the most diverse areas of the city, with many new immigrants finding their first homes here, due to the lower rents. The presence of a large immigrant community has done much to create the vibrancy that Parkdale is known for. This might be a fact of the streetscape inParkdale, but it remains an area rife with substandard rental apartment buildings (80% of Parkdale residents are renters) run by landlords coined slumlords by many area residents. Perceived inaction by different levels of government have prevented the situation from getting any better, in fact worse as each year passes and the buildings get older.


Parkdale is to some degree seeing increasing signs of gentrification, as Queen Street West's sphere of influence extends further westward. This include new hipster cafes, shops and art galleries cropping up rapidly, and former old dive hotels The Drake and The Gladstone being recently bought out and renovated to attract the arts community. Local taverns have begun receiving new patronage from artists and urbanites seeking refuge from the fashion boutiques further east on Queen Street. Gentrification refers to the process whereby dilapidated neighborhoods are restored and refurbished, usually in conjunction with changing demographics and an influx of wealthier residents. ... Queen Street West refers to both a major east-west downtown street and a series of neighbourhoods or commercial districts within the city of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. ...


The area that extends northward along Roncesvalles Avenue, on the other hand, saw new life when Polish immigrants settled in the area in the mid 1960's. Delis and restaurants are still the majority of storefronts that line the thoroughfare from Queen Street West to Howard Park Avenue. In recent years, young professionals have begun gentrifying the area and raising property values. The 1960s decade refers to the years from 1960 to 1969, inclusive. ... Gentrification refers to the process whereby dilapidated neighborhoods are restored and refurbished, usually in conjunction with changing demographics and an influx of wealthier residents. ...


See also

Toronto, Ontario, Canada is called the city of neighbourhoods because of the strength and vitality of its many communities. ...

External links

  • Parkdale Residents Association
  • Parkdale history
  • Parkdale Collegiate Institute
  • West Lodge Parkdale Tenants Association
  • The Former Lakeshore Psychiatric Hospital Project
  • Parkdalian

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