Sunnyside Historical Society Meets In Downtown Parkdale!

The first ever Meeting of the Sunnyside Historical Society at the Parkdale Library was held May 19, 2015. We held a trial, a Beauty Contest and reviewed over 200 detailed pictures illustrating the history of Sunnyside. All opinions expressed here are those of Jack Gibney unless indicated otherwise.  Jump to Highlights and CONSPIRACY.

Highlights of the evening

  • Swansea Historical Society Visited.
  • Postering on Queen Street Brought in Parkdale.
  • The ‘Trial’ and ‘Beauty Contest” skits were an overwhelming success.

Meghan Edmonds wrote and directed the skits. A half dozen volunteers brought them to life. The audience sang along at times. The trial judge was drinking and the beauty contest descended into a scandal. What fun!

  • The Streetcar Conspiracy

We had a request for source information on this topic, so here it is. there appears to be a lot of hard evidence that GM deliberately destroyed many streetcar systems.  The GM defenders rely more on emotions and doubt.  There’s my opinion.  You decide and please leave comments at the end of the article. Jack Gibney

General Motors streetcar conspiracy – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The General Motors streetcar conspiracy refers to convictions of General Motors (GM) and other companies for monopolizing the sale of buses and supplies to …

The StreetCar Conspiracy. How General Motors Deliberately Destroyed Public Transit. by Bradford Snell. The electric streetcar, contrary to Van Wilkin’s …

Sep 2, 2010 – Back in the dawn of the Automobile Age, General Motors began systematically buying streetcar lines and then shutting them down, leaving millions of Americans without viable public transportation options. … There is no question that a GM-controlled entity called National City Lines …

The Great Transportation Conspiracy – National City Lines and related corporate … to scrap electrically powered streetcars and trolley-buses, which G.M. did not …
En route, his manifesto detailing a deliberate conspiracy to eliminate … your most important and valuable public utilities–your electric utilities (street car systems)!

Jun 3, 2013 – He then states that this group was ultimately found guilty in federal court of “conspiracy to monopolize mass transit.” A few readers pointed out …
Sep 23, 2010 – by Stephen Smith Among liberals in the planning profession today, the story of the Great American Streetcar Conspiracy is …

electric streetcar, contrary to Van Wilkin’s …

Paving the Way for Buses – The Great GM Streetcar Conspiracy. Part II – The Plot Clots. By Guy Span, S.D.. In Part I, we found that General Motors (GM) was …

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Sunnyside Jane’s Walk report 2016 and plans for another event Soon.

Pictures of our walk on Sunnyside. Our next event is May 19, 2016 6:30 pm at The Parkdale Library. Your comments will appear after they have been reviewed – a necessity of the web. We look forward to hearing from you and seeing yo soon.

When you start the Tango, music will sound.

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May 7, 2016, Janes Walk 10 am, Spring into Parkdale 11-6pm.

May 7, 10 am, Jane’s Walk at Sunnyside  King and Roncy

May7, 11 am to 6 pm, Parkdale BIA festival , Queen Street.

May7, 11 am to 1 – 6 pm, Sunnyside Historical Society Table, Callender St,

May 19, 630, Why Sunnyside Fell: Parkdale Pub Library Aud. Slide Show and skits.

Sept 24, 2016 tentative, Ragtime Ball,  Volunteers Needed.

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How to Find Any Building Fast on Goads Maps 1884 – 1923.

Choose one of the Five Areas and follow one of the five links below. Each is an east -west strip.  The area-names are fairly arbitrary because the areas overlap. A series of maps follow to help you select the area you need. To get started, find your home or any spot of interest on one of the following area-maps. Notice the name of the map then select one of the following links to see the related maps in date order.

‘Brockton’ – north of the train subway
‘Roncesvalles’ – Westminster to Garden
‘Sunnyside’ – Garden to Queen 
‘Parkdale’ – South of Queen.
‘High Park’

During this historic period population grew rapidly and municipal boundaries changed. As a result following the maps over these years has been difficult, until now. If you have a large screen click on any map to enter a full screen ‘carousel’. From the carousel look bottom right for an option to see even more detail!  These Goads Insurance Maps are public domain from the Toronto Archives.

Reading the Maps: Red buildings are brick or stone while yellow indicates wood or under construction.

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