The Junction

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The area I have chosen for this report is the center section of “The Junction”. The Junction is located on Dundas St. W between Runnymede Road and Keele Street, but for this report, I will be focusing on the section between St. John’s Place and Pacific Avenue. The Junction dates back to the 19th century and is known for its railway tracks. It has been its own independent village until it joined the City of Toronto in 1909 [1]. Today, the Junction still has a charming historical aura with many of its original historic buildings while it continues to develop as a thriving modern community.

The Local Scale

Gentrification is a serious problem for many communities. Fortunately, it has not occurred in this area and correspondingly,
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David Hutchison’s report of the Three Inner City of Toronto, the Junction is considered to be located in City 2, in which I agree with. In between the Bloor Street Village, one of Toronto’s top 10 communities, and Rockcliffe, an area considered to be part of City 3, the Junction acts as the transition zone and the data justifies that [3][4]. According to the City of Toronto, the approximate average household income of this area is $64,158, with 54% of the population having a household income greater than $50,000 and 13% of residents in the low-income bracket. These statistics coincides with the data in Hutchison’s report [2][5]. As well, although the area of interest is not located near any TTC subway stations, there are two buses that service the area. This relates to Hutchison’s statement on how City 1 tends to be closer to subway stations (the Bloor West Village has 4 subway stations), while the people of City 3 requires longer bus rides in order to reach the stations [5]. As a City 2 community, the 10-15 minutes’ bus ride is not bad compared to the people living the northwest regions of Toronto. These two main points demonstrate that although my area is not as prosperous and accessible as City 1, it is still better relative to City…show more content…
This area was first home to a strong European population, especially the Maltese. But as time progressed, many historical events occurred and new transportation technologies were introduced (Massey’s concept of time-space compression), more immigrants started to settle in the Junction [6]. Currently, approximately 29% of the population are from visible minority, mostly Chinese and South-Asians [2]. As a result, the Junction became more multicultural and it is reflected in our local businesses, examples includes: “The North of Bombay” - an Indian restaurant and “Pho Huong” and “Ro House” - restaurants which serve Vietnamese delicacies. Additionally, with the development of new transportation and communication technologies, it has enabled the Junction to connect with the rest of the world [6]. For example, the grocery stores have fruits from all over American, and many of stores use and sell products that are manufactured from oversea. Furthermore, the easiness to share information and to travel attracts and informs people everywhere about the Junction, making it more thriving and busy than it already is. For example, the Junction is so well known that even the New York Times has recognized it as a “hip” and “stylish” community
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