Last Saturday, Mrs. Tranplanner and I headed down to the Cabbagetown area of Toronto to take in the annual Cabbagetown Arts Festival. Cabbagetown is a neighbourhood on the eastern edge of downtown Toronto - the name comes from the cabbages which used to proliferate in the front gardens of this mostly Irish immigrant community. Today Cabbagetown is one of the strongest communities in the city, and home to an ecclectic mix of housing styles. Cabbagetown was one of the first neighbourhoods in Toronto to undergo gentrification, and today most of the housing stock has been refurbished.
Cabbagetown is home to Riverdale Farm, site of the original Toronto zoo and now a model farm used primarily to give inner-city children (and adults!) a taste of farm sounds, sights and smells.
Coming up the path from the Don Valley
Do Not Feed the Animals!
The old farmstead
Adjoining Riverdale Farm is Riverdale Park (West), site of the Cabbagetown Arts Festival
Scenes from the festival
Hey, what's this guy doing here? (That's Donk, helping his mommy sell her homemade knitwear - what a sweet boy!)
I guess I didn't take any pictures of individual stalls - there must have been at least a hundred or so artists/crafters flogging everything from pottery to jams to "kinetic" sculpture...
Leaving the Park
Moving into the residential streets. The house on the left is flying the "official" Cabbagetown Flag...
I love the old-school street signage on corner houses
No laneways here...
but the house sure are pretty
Traffic doesn't move very fast through Cabbagetown, and most streets have some form of traffic calming. By the way, that's 30 km/h, not mp/h!
Neighbourhood convenience retail has remained viable
Laneway housing - oldschool. Wellesley Cottages:
A typical laneway view. To the east of Wellesley Cottages
Gotta have that parking pad!
Looming on the horizon, one of the factors which created modern-day Cabbagetown: The high-rise towers of St. Jamestown, on the other side of Parliament Street. These 1960s towers obliterated a similar neighbourhood to Cabbagetown and militarized the surrounding residents
Closer to Parliament Street (Cabbagetown's retail strip), some old housing stock has been converted to retail use
[Transit Geek]New Toronto Transit Commission Orion 7 bus in service. One butt ugly bus IMHO [/Transit Geek]
The main retail street (Parliament) was closed down as a part of the Cabbagetown Festival...
Hmm...looks like someone's being a good corporate citizen!
Looking northwest at Carlton Street
A Toronto landmark (for boozers anyway) - The Winchester Hotel
Three Kids in the Fountain...
And that concludes our tour for today.