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The neighbourhood of Parkdale is bounded by Bloor Street West to the north, the C.N. and C.P. railway lines and Dufferin Street to the east, Lake Ontario to the south, and Roncesvalles Avenue to the west.

The Toronto House Building Association was the first company to actively promote and develop real estate in Parkdale and it was likely that they gave the area its name. It was often referred to as ĎThe Flowery Suburbí and "The Parkdale Register" said it had "the diversified scenery of an undulating expanse of fertile country, wooded, watered, cultivated, and adorned with attractive homes".

By the mid-1870ís Parkdale was firmly established as a lakeside community and estates in South Parkdale (ie. South of Queen Street) were much sought after by the wealthy British class of Toronto, wishing to escape the city ó itís factories, high property taxes, and poor drinking and swimming water. North Parkdale (ie. north of Queen) was becoming the home of the working class: labourers and recent immigrants from Ireland, Scotland, and England, attracted by the lower property taxes and good access to public transportation to Toronto.

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