City of Toronto Committee of Adjustment notice of meeting: 170 Markham St.

170 Markham Street is applying to alter the existing two-storey detached dwelling as follows: to convert from a single-family use to a multifamily use (two units); to construct a complete third storey addition; and to construct three-storey infill additions to the rear (southwest corner) and centre portion of the existing dwelling.

  • MEETING DATE AND TIME: Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at 3:30 p.m.
  • LOCATION: Committee Room 2, Second Floor, Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St W, M5H 2N2
  • File Number: A0093/12TEY
  • Owner(s): JYLL SASKIN
  • Legal Description:  PLAN 74 PT LOT 99
  • Zoning: R2 Z0.6 (PPR)

Comments can be sent by March 16th to:
Tania Liu
Constituency Assistant
Office of Councillor Layton
Ward 19 Trinity-Spadina
City of Toronto

A History of the Trinity Bellwoods area.

It is with great pleasure that the TBCA has secured permission to publish on our site Between the Bridge and the Brewery, (PDF) A History of the Trinity-Bellwoods Neighbourhood in Toronto. First published in 2005 by Jon Harstone, and sponsored by the  Trinity Bellwoods Community Association this book is an in depth look at the development of our community from the 1800’s onwards. Included in this publication are detailed appendixes which include descriptions of many of the houses along Shaw & Crawford streets, along with their builders and owners. This document is truly revealing and includes many maps and illustrations, and we are privileged to be able to present it online for the first time. From the book’s introduction:

Our community often strikes visitors as being unique. They comment on the boulevard on Shaw Street, and the size and grace of the houses on Crawford Street. They wonder how this came to be. This book provides some of the answers. But more than that, Between the Bridge and the Brewery provides insights into how communities in Victorian Toronto were developed, insights which are relevant throughout the City.

And from the author’s introduction:

This book started out as a guide to the community discussing when houses were built, and who buill them. The guide remains, but it has become an appendix. Over the years, as more research was done, it became clear that there was a much bigger story to be told: the story o f suburban development in Victorian Toronto. How developers and individual investors responded to the challenges and opportunities in our community is relevant to the development elsewhere in Toronto. The mix of rich and poor, tenements and estates, factories and schools, reflects the diversity of Victorian Toronto. The extent of tenement housing on Shaw Street was a surprise. The City’s urban renewal program was so effective that no evidence ofthis housing remained, yet these tenements were an important part of the housing mix in the community. Finally, this book builds on the work of Richard Harris in his book Unplanned Suburbs by pushing back the evidence for self-built houses on the suburban fringes of Toronto to 1875.


Toronto Residents’ Association and Neighbourhood Groups map

David Topping has created this map which not only indicates the boundaries of, but provides links to all of Toronto’s resident associations and neighbourhoods groups maps. As he rightly points out:

WHY BOTHER? Toronto’s got plenty of residents’ associations and neighbourhood groups, but they’re not collected anywhere, and many of them don’t have names you could easily guess. (If you live in one of the condo buildings at Bay and St. Joseph, for instance, you probably don’t know that your residents’ association is called the Bay Cloverhill Community Association.) What that means, in practical terms, is there’s often no easy way to quickly find out who represents you, and no easy way to get involved to make a difference where you live. This map aims to help make that very, very easy.


The map is a work in progress, so if you see something missing, just let him know, his email is in the post!

HT to Michael Sims (@peltast) for the link!

Fred Hamilton Park Revitalization Open House.

The Friends of Fred Hamilton Park, located at Shaw & College streets, have been busy over the last year working with Councillor Mike Layton’s office to revitalize the park, and will be taking the opportunity on Wednesday March 21 to invite the neighbourhood in joining this process and adding their voice to the discussion.

What: Fred Hamilton Park Open House
When: Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Where: College / Shaw Library, 766 College Street