We are celebrating Toronto’s birthday today, remembering other important dates and the Parkdale BIA has a present for you.
1. Canada turns 150 this year. More on this soon.
2. Parkdale turned 138 this year and the Parkdale BIA has prepared this delightful video of historical pictures and music as gift to the community. Enjoy. Music will play.
3. Toronto turns 183 today, March 6th, 2017, as Mike Filey kindly brought to our attention, (Sun). Toronto’s first City Hall was in the Market Building at the corner of New St (now Jarvis) and King St. In 1832, only wealthy land owners could be elected to powerful positions, (Wikipedia). The Town Hall and market building was the largest structure erected in the capital of Upper Canada. A visitor noted that it had, “no equal of the kind even in New York or in the States.” The lofty Town Hall was prominent along the south side of King Street, while the market structure with its monumental archways into the square was a major element in the panorama of York seen from the lake, (Spacing).
4. 1868 Our Second City Hall. In 1904, the current St. Lawrence Market South building was built, incorporating part of the city hall structure, (Wikipedia).
5. 1899 Our third City Hall, “Old City Hall’, is now being considered for use as a museum, (Wikipedia).
6. 1834 Map of Toronto, also showing the lot numbers used in Goads Maps of Parkdale, (Wikipedia and my comparison of Goads to this map).
7. 1834 Full Toronto Map, (Wikipedia and my comparison of Goads to this map).
8. 1787 The Toronto Swindle, often incorrectly called the Toronto Purchase, began the wholesale gentrification by Europeans of the land of the Mississaugas. We settlers have further reparations to make.