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There are a number of two and three-storey Victorian-style houses in this neighbourhood. Most of them are brick, with paint to make them more colourful and interesting to the eye. There has recently been a number of condo and loft buildings popping up all over the area as well.
The most frequented shopping area for people in this neighbourhood is the Galleria Shopping Centre at Dupont and Dufferin. There is also lots of shopping at Dundas and Bloor. Between the two, all shopping needs can be satisfied. As well, on Dundas Street West, there is the “Junction Gardens,” which has many restaurants and cafes.
The West Toronto Railpath makes this area unique; it is Toronto’s newest biking path. Along the path, there are sculptures and beautiful landscaping to soak in. There is also a YMCA and a public library with plenty of programs for all ages. There are four parks in the area with playgrounds, ice rinks and wading pools, such as the Perth Square Park.
This neighbourhood began to flourish when the railway lines began to service to this area. They were the Grand Trunk, Toronto Grey and Northern railway lines in the 1880’s. The labourers of these railway lines were the first residents in the neighbourhood. Industries began to pop up all over the area, including the Heintzman and Company piano factory, Queen City Flour Mills, Union Stock Yards, among others.