Lansing is a neighbourhood in the North York district of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is defined by the City of Toronto as Lansing-Westgate. Lansing is now bordered by Yonge Street to the east, Highway 401 to the south, Bathurst Street to the west and Burnett Avenue to the north.
The area was settled in the 19th century. Formerly a part of the much larger neighbourhood, the neighbourhood of Willowdale now occupies the area to the north and the east.
Opened in 1948, York Cemetery is located to the north of the neighbourhood. Several notable individuals are interred there, including the Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna of Russia, and Tim Horton. The single-family homes range in age from the original 1910 to 1950s construction (one- and two-storey pre-war houses and modest one-and-a-half-storey postwar houses).
The neighbourhood has developed into a residential neighbourhood, with homes largely owned and occupied by single families. Lansing is an interesting area filled with two distinct types of households. The first type are older couples, usually with adult children, living in post-war bungalows, the second, are younger wealthy families living in "rebuilds". The neighbourhood is currently undergoing significant construction as wealthy families buy more bungalows, tear them down and build two-million-dollar houses.
- Immigrants - 44%
- Visible Minority - 37%
- Chinese - 11%
- Korean - 6%
- West Asian - 5%
- South Asian - 5%
- Latin American - 3%
- Filipino - 2%
- Black - 2%
Two public school boards operate elementary schools in Lansing. The separate Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB) operates St. Edward Catholic School, whereas the secular Toronto District School Board (TDSB) operates Cameron Public School
Neither school board operates a secondary school in the neighbourhood, with secondary school students residing in Lansing attending institutions in adjacent neighbourhoods. The French first language public secular school board, Conseil scolaire Viamonde, and it separate counterpart, Conseil scolaire catholique MonAvenir also offer schooling to applicable residents of Lansing, although they do not operate a school in the neighbourhood. CSCM and CSV students attend schools situated in other neighbourhoods in Toronto.
Lansing is home to several municipal parks, including Addington Greenbelt, Earl Bales Park, the Hinder Property, Grendolen Park, and Stuart Greenbelt. Most of these parks are situated near the Don Valley, which forms a part of the larger Toronto ravine system. Earl Bales Park also operates a ski hill during the winter. Municipal parks in Lansing are managed by the Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation Division. In addition to municipal parks, the division also manages a community centre in the neighbourhood, Earl Bales Community Centre.
The northeastern portion of the neighbourhood, along Yonge Street is also home to several restaurants retail outlets, forming a part of North York City Centre, the central business district for North York.
Several major roadways bound the neighbourhood to the east, and south. Yonge Street, is a major north-south thoroughfare, that bounds the neighbourhood to the east. Highway 401 is a major east-west controlled access highway that bounds the neighbourhood to the south. Other major roadways in the neighbourhood include the east-west Sheppard Avenue. Bathurst Street is located west of the neighbourhood.
Public transportation in Lansing is provided by the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC). TTC operates several bus routes, as well as the Toronto subway system. One subway station is situated in the neighbourhood, Sheppard–Yonge station. The station provides access to two subway lines, Line 1 Yonge–University, and Line 4 Sheppard. Regional commuter buses operated by GO Transit are also accessible from the station.
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