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Cabbagetown, Toronto

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Cabbagetown is a neighbourhood in central Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Administratively, it is defined as part of the Cabbagetown-South St. Jamestown neighbourhood. It largely features semi-detached Victorian houses and is recognized as "the largest continuous area of preserved Victorian housing in all of North America", according to the Cabbagetown Preservation Association.Cabbagetown's name derives from the Irish immigrants who moved to the neighbourhood beginning in the late 1840s, said to have been so poor that they grew cabbage in their front yards. Canadian writer Hugh Garner's novel, Cabbagetown, depicted life in the neighbourhood during the Great Depression.HistoryThe area today known as Cabbagetown was first known as the village of Don Vale, just outside Toronto. Before the 1850s it consisted of farmland dotted with cottages and vegetable plots. It grew up in the 1840s around the Winchester Street Bridge, which before the construction of the Prince Edward Viaduct was the main northern bridge over the Don River. This was near the site where Castle Frank Brook flowed in the Don River. By the bridge the Don Vale Tavern and Fox's Inn were established to cater to travellers. In 1850 the Toronto Necropolis was established in the area as the city's main cemetery.
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  • It's quite your average high street - places to eat and basic shops and services you would expect to see on most high streets. The houses provided a quaint atmosphere (not being from Toronto I cannot ...  more »
  • Cabbagetown is not so much about the front streets but rather the back ones. We started at Maple Leaf Gardens and walked to Allan Gardens and on to Ontario Street where we cut up into Winchester Squar...  more »
  • Cabbage town has been a place of community and transition. Many who migrate to T.O. move through this community. Oldish homes with tons of character and a friendly welcoming community.  more »

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