Comment 108716

By fmurray (registered) | Posted February 04, 2015 at 09:00:43 in reply to Comment 108665

There's a book called "Durand, A Neighbourhood Reclaimed" by Russell Ellman. You could read that, but it's hard to find. The library may have a copy. It's about the systematic "block-busting" that was taking place in the Durand during the 60's and early 70's and was the reason for the formation of the Durand Neighbourhood Association.

Some might say that the big apartment buildings now existing are a good replacement for the beautiful heritage homes that were knocked down because the apartment buildings house a lot more people. That could be, but the fact is that we've lost some really beautiful Victorian and earlier homes - our built heritage.

And the fight goes on -- for example James Street Baptist (partially lost), and 1 St. James Place (saved) are recent examples.

And the York Boulevard modernization was the destruction of a neighbourhood. If you see early pictures of York, it was lined with shops and houses. I don't know the history of that area, and can't tell you the reasons the city gave for making it look the way it does now, though I imagine it was for road-widening.

There was a lot done in this city in the name of "urban renewal". You should look up some history as it's quite fascinating.

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