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Old December 5th, 2008, 05:08 PM   #1
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TORONTO: Cabbagetown



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Cabbagetown is known for its relatively intact Victorian streetscapes, beautiful gardens, and narrow irregular streets.
The original Cabbagetown was demolished and replaced with the vast Regent Park apartment complex. Once known
as Don Vale, the Victorian neighbourhood to the north of Regent Park underwent gentrification and became known as
"Cabbagetown." Unfortunately for this tour I missed the gardens by a few weeks, but at least the lack of foliage allows
us to see the houses better.

































































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Old December 5th, 2008, 05:29 PM   #2
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Awesome neighborhood/place of Toronto
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Old December 5th, 2008, 05:45 PM   #3
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WOW!!!! Great looking part of town! I must visit Toronto soon.
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I love how Cabbagetown has it's own flag. I believe you get a glimpse of it in photo #10 and again in the house below it.
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Old December 5th, 2008, 06:48 PM   #5
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Cabbagetown is an amazing place to live, or even just to hang out in. Great photos!
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Old December 5th, 2008, 07:22 PM   #6
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That neighborhood can blend very well into Chicago, Montreal or Philadelphia's streetscape. It's always been my favorite part of Toronto. I wish there was more of it!
Although I consider Toronto to be more on par with the Northeast there is some serious Midwestern flair to some of those homes and retail strips.
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Old December 6th, 2008, 05:03 PM   #7
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This is one of my favourite parts of town to take a stroll in. I really like all the narrow streets and alleyways lined with quaint little rowhouses and cottages. You should definitely try to take a second photo tour in the spring/summer - the lawns and gardens here are among the most beautiful and well-kept in the city, methinks.
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Excellent pictures of an interesting neighbourhood!
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Old December 6th, 2008, 10:40 PM   #9
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Great phototour of my old nabe... thanks.

The only thing you might add for context (if you shot it) is examples of the eastern edge of the neighbourhood.... Riverdale Farm and the string of north/south parks along the Don Valley.

And of course... the huge Riverdale park that straddles the DVP... best doggy hang out in the city and a great walk (courtesy of the pedestrian bridge) over to The Danforth.

Cabbagetown looks good even when all the leaves and gardens have been "put away"... obviously a great time to actually see the housing stock via photos... but a summertime walk yields a huge tree canopy and urban lushness (?holy metaphor Batman) unmatched in downtown North America.

The great news for Cabbagetown... the "mistake" called Regent Park (just south) is undergoing a $1 Billion makeover which will make homeowners in The Cabbage very, very happy. Even the dreaded St. Jamestown is enjoying a suprising renaissance.

Thanks again. I miss Cabbagetown but now live in the Beach(es) now so another great neighbourhood to explore and enjoy. Both are great examples of small town living right in the middle of a metropolis... the best way to enjoy a big city imo.
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... forgive the intrusion, but I'm aware of a neighbourhood bylaw that prohibits photothreads of Cabbagetown that do not include "the best caffein fix for a buck available in the solar system". Jet Fuel on Parliament. Starbucks is opening up across the street... not kidding. Wouldn't it be great if Starbucks lost this one turf battle?

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I can't see Cabbagetowners warming to Starbucks!


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That neighborhood can blend very well into Chicago, Montreal or Philadelphia's streetscape. It's always been my favorite part of Toronto. I wish there was more of it!
Although I consider Toronto to be more on par with the Northeast there is some serious Midwestern flair to some of those homes and retail strips.
It is certainly one of my favourite parts of Toronto, too but there is actually a subtle difference in the architectural styles. Cabbagetown (and other Victorian houses in Toronto) houses were the product of working class immigrants from Ireland, Scotland and England, who brought the various British Victorian house designs with them. These styles are a little different than the American version of Victorian.
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Old December 6th, 2008, 11:50 PM   #12
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Great pictures. Love the architecture...they just don't build them like they used to, unfortunately.
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I love your photos.

especially this one. This type of streetscene looks great


I thought starbucks was downsizing. It completely closed down in my city, however no one was crying over it
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That neighborhood can blend very well into Chicago, Montreal or Philadelphia's streetscape. It's always been my favorite part of Toronto. I wish there was more of it!
Although I consider Toronto to be more on par with the Northeast there is some serious Midwestern flair to some of those homes and retail strips.
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It is certainly one of my favourite parts of Toronto, too but there is actually a subtle difference in the architectural styles. Cabbagetown (and other Victorian houses in Toronto) houses were the product of working class immigrants from Ireland, Scotland and England, who brought the various British Victorian house designs with them. These styles are a little different than the American version of Victorian.
Ontario generally has its own style of architecture, but there are regional variations within Ontario. The extreme southwest and the Niagara Peninsula have more frame houses and have other similarities to NY and Michigan. The central part of southern Ontario (London thru Kitchener-Waterloo and north and east from there) share a definite brick Ontario style. Toronto has its own style altogether. Toronto is even quite a bit different than nearby Hamilton, which is the only other place you'll find urban Victorian neighbourhoods of rowhouses and semidetached on a large scale in southern Ontario. Ontario's residential architecture is fascinating and I will soon be starting a thread showing a variety of Ontario small cities and towns.



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There's always a place for the independents in a neighbourhood like this.
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Great phototour of my old nabe... thanks.

The only thing you might add for context (if you shot it) is examples of the eastern edge of the neighbourhood.... Riverdale Farm and the string of north/south parks along the Don Valley.

And of course... the huge Riverdale park that straddles the DVP... best doggy hang out in the city and a great walk (courtesy of the pedestrian bridge) over to The Danforth.

Cabbagetown looks good even when all the leaves and gardens have been "put away"... obviously a great time to actually see the housing stock via photos... but a summertime walk yields a huge tree canopy and urban lushness (?holy metaphor Batman) unmatched in downtown North America.

The great news for Cabbagetown... the "mistake" called Regent Park (just south) is undergoing a $1 Billion makeover which will make homeowners in The Cabbage very, very happy. Even the dreaded St. Jamestown is enjoying a suprising renaissance.

Thanks again. I miss Cabbagetown but now live in the Beach(es) now so another great neighbourhood to explore and enjoy. Both are great examples of small town living right in the middle of a metropolis... the best way to enjoy a big city imo.
This neighbourhood does have pretty much everything: nice architecture and mature streets, lots of parks nearby, local shopping district, close to downtown, streetcar service, etc. It's amazing that the cheap, low rise apartment buildings in Regent Park have lasted this long with the condo boom of recent years.
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All Cabbagetown needs is a subway stop and it would be perfect. Definitely check out Jet Fuel when in the area. They make a great latte.
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And the houses are realy awesome
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I love Cabbage Town!

one of my favorite places to stroll around in my hometown.
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It looks rather interesting and a bit eccentric, but I like it. It's a very, very good thing that you have trams in Toronto, and they look so nice! I just looove trams.
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