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Neighbourhoods defined by architectural style


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Aug 3, 2017
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I began traveling more recently and have noticed that when visiting places like Barcelona or Lisbon, the architecture truly brings you into a new world. With each neighbourhood, the buildings, streetscape and activities all work together to tell a cohesive story.

In Toronto, it's a bit different. While a neighnbourhood may be called "Little Italy", "Koreatown" or "Chinatown", it's the people and the people only who define the area. The physical makeup of each area does little to warrant the name it's been assigned.

As our city continues to develop, will we ever see an area defined by a specific style of architecture? We see a bit of it on West Queen West, but even now that's beginning to disappear.

Are there any areas like this in the city? Does the city have any appetite to ever do something like this?
I've always considered neighbourhoods like The Annex and Cabbagetown with their expansive collection of well maintained Victorian housing stock and main retail strip along Bloor and Parliament respectively to have a definitive community feel.
Danforth Village is epitomized by the functional Arts and Crafts semi.