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Once one of Toronto's finest neighbourhoods with grand Victorian homes and streets that led to Lake Ontario, Parkdale fell on hard times after the Gardiner Expressway was built in the 1950s, cutting it off from the water. As go many urban stories, hard times for a neighbourhood means a haven for artists and musicians. Today Parkdale is one of Toronto's most creative neighbourhoods and Queen, its main drag, is home to bars that range from slick hipster to dive. With a population that includes high and low incomes, professionals and many New Canadians, Parkdale has become one of Toronto's most talked about neighbourhoods.


Kelli Korducki

Letter from the editor

Letter from Yonge Street's new Managing Editor. 

Tony Mammoliti of YNOT Cycle.

The return to making and the rise of urban manufacturing in Toronto

Toronto is getting its manufacturing groove back. We take a look at the contemporary companies making manufacturing, and locally made goods and products, a priority. 

VQA wine at the Sorauren Farmer's Market.

VQA winemakers taste success at Toronto farmers' markets

A two-year pilot program introduces local winemakers to Toronto markets, one sip at a time. Yonge Street talks to several wineries to learn more about how the city's various farmers' markets are supporting VQA wines. 

Jeff Cohen of the Horseshoe Tavern.

The role nightlife plays in building and dividing Toronto

It's no secret that councillors are divided on the issue of nightlife. Efforts are in place to regulate the number of clubs and bars in Parkdale, but embracing nightlife and considering the formation of a working group may be a better option, say club owners. 

"P4K Obstacle Course" neighbourhood game in Parkdale.

A legacy that will last

Sure, the GTA will get an aquatics centre and velodrome from the Pan Am Games. But the real legacy might be the connections forged by the Playing For Keeps ambassador program, which are reigniting and reconnecting neighbourhoods. 
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