Carleton Village

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Carleton Village
Neighbourhood
Homes along Old Weston Road
Homes along Old Weston Road
Neighbourhood map
Neighbourhood map
Carleton Village is located in Toronto
Carleton Village
Location within Toronto
Coordinates: 43°40′19″N 79°27′25″W / 43.672°N 79.457°W / 43.672; -79.457Coordinates: 43°40′19″N 79°27′25″W / 43.672°N 79.457°W / 43.672; -79.457
Country  Canada
Province  Ontario
City Toronto Toronto
Government
 • MP Andrew Cash (Davenport)
 • MPP Jonah Schein (Davenport)
 • Councillor Cesar Palacio (Ward 17 Davenport)

Carleton Village is a neighbourhood in the city of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is centered along Davenport Road, south of St. Clair Avenue West and surrounded on the other three sides by railway lines. The CNR/CPR mainline to the west, the CNR railway lines to the east, and the CPR east-west railway lines to the south.

Character[edit]

The neighbourhood is an extremely mixed neighbourhood. The residential area is primarily single-family semi-detached homes, occupying the centre of the neighbourhood area. Along all of the rail lines are light industrial areas. Along St. Clair Avenue West is an area of commercial storefronts and service industries, tied together by the St. Clair Gardens Business Improvement Area. The 512 St. Clair streetcar provides transit access through the neighbourhood.

Demographics[edit]

Census tract 0108.00 of the 2006 Canadian census overlaps exactly with Carleton Village. According to that census, the neighbourhood has 6,544 residents. Average income is 23,301, making it one of the poorest neighbourhoods in Toronto. The ten most common language spoken at home, after English, are:

  1. Portuguese - 17.0%
  2. Spanish - 5.7%
  3. Italian - 4.4%
  4. Cantonese - 2.5%
  5. Vietnamese - 2.1%
  6. Punjabi - 2.0%
  7. Unspecified Chinese - 1.7%
  8. Hindi - 0.5%
  9. Korean - 0.5%
  10. Tagalog - 0.4%

Schools[edit]

In 2001, the south building of the school at 2054 Davenport Road closed. Some efforts were made by the local community to preserve elements of the old building, and as of 2009, early plans to completely demolish the existing structure and erect a new home for the local police division have been significantly altered. The architecture of the 1913 building will be preserved in the new plan for the station, with a contemporary wing replacing the addition from the 1960s.[1]

History[edit]

Carlton and Davenport villages[edit]

The first European settlement in the area was the village of Carlton, at the intersection of St. Clair Avenue and today's Old Weston Road. Carlton was established in the late 1840s around the carriage and waggon making shop of William Bull and appears in the 1851 Browne's Map of the Township of York. It was named after governor Guy Carleton. The settlement was not large, consisting of approximately 30 buildings. Carlton railway station was opened in 1857 and Carlton post office opened in 1858. By 1865, it was listed as having 150 residents. A new Carlton & Weston Road railway station was built in 1885 on the east side of the CNR tracks. It was renamed West Toronto Station and additions were added in 1902 and 1912. It still stands.[2]

Along Davenport at today's Perth Avenue, the settlement of Davenport developed. When the Northern Railway line was built, a Davenport Station was built. Davenport was also small, having only a population of 120 by 1875. The two villages grew steadily and more building lots were developed, all getting their water from wells. The neighbouring village of West Toronto Junction was incorporated in 1887. Rather than join the junction, villagers proposed to form a new merged village of 'Stanley', after Lord Stanley the Governor General of Canada at the time. The plan failed and Carlton and Davenport were later annexed into West Toronto Junction in 1889.[2]

Connoly Avenue in the area was first laid out as Carlton Avenue and renamed when West Toronto was annexed by the City of Toronto in 1909 (likely to avoid confusion with Carlton Street).

At the centre of the neighbourhood is Wadsworth Park, named after long serving Alderman and Controller William J. Wadsworth.

Most development dates from the era of the building of St. Clair Avenue after the annexation into Toronto.

References[edit]

  • Byers, Nancy; Myrvold, Barbara (2008). St. Clair West in Pictures. Toronto Public Library. ISBN 978-0-920601-62-4. 
Notes
  1. ^ "11 Division station plans preserve building's heritage elements". Toronto Community News. Retrieved 2009-09-09. 
  2. ^ a b Byers and Myrvhold, pp. 16-18

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