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Aerial view of the Kodak campus in Mount Dennis in 1917.
|Changed Municipality||1998 Toronto from York|
|• MP||Mike Sullivan (York South—Weston)|
|• MPP||Laura Albanese (York South—Weston)|
|• Councillor||Frances Nunziata (Ward 11 York South-Weston)|
Mount Dennis is a neighbourhood in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It was part of the former City of York before the amalgamation of Toronto in 1998. The area is bordered by Clouston Avenue (north of the intersection of Jane Street and Weston Road) to the north, and Black Creek to the east and south, as the creek curves parallel to Alliance Avenue before crossing under Jane Street on its way to drain into the Humber River, which creates a natural border to the west. Eglinton Avenue West is a major transportation corridor within Mount Dennis. Had Metropolitan Toronto's planned municipal expressway system been completed, the neighbourhood would have been bisected by the Richview Expressway.
The area gets its name from the Dennis family (led by John Dennis (1758–1832)), Loyalist shipbuilders who owned the property, as well as a boatyard on the Humber, at the turn of the 19th century. It remained largely rural, with orchards, gravel and clay pits and a few market gardens. Kodak Canada moved its factory to a site at Eglinton Avenue and Weston Road, along the rail line running next to Weston Road, in 1913. This factory complex, known as "Kodak Heights", was a major employer for Mount Dennis' residents until it was shut down in 2005.
The area became what urban geographer Richard Harris described as an "unplanned suburb" in his book, Unplanned Suburbs: Toronto's American Tragedy 1900 to 1950. Workers at Kodak and the nearby stockyards once located at Weston Road and St. Clair Avenue, as well as CCM, Willys Overland and other factories north and south of Mount Dennis built their own homes before municipal services were in place, and small developers built "infill" homes, gradually filling the streets with the current housing stock of former cottages and small, fully detached homes, among the most affordable housing stock in Toronto for recent immigrants and first-time homeowners.
The area is a classic example of Toronto's diversity, with dozens of ethnic groups represented, however the largest ethnic group by far are from the Caribbean and West Africa with the vast majority of visible minorities of Jamaican descent. With respect to religion, there are many black store front churches representing the many faiths of the African and Caribbean communities as well as Western-European, Middle Eastern and Asian faiths such as Christian, Roman Catholicism, Pentecostalism, Seventh Day Adventist), Muslim, and Buddhist. Among the languages spoken are Spanish, Vietnamese, and Portuguese.(Source: Statistics Canada 2006 Census).
The neighbourhood's 60-year-old library, a branch of the Toronto Public Library system, reopened in 2013 after extensive renovations. Located at Weston Rd. and Eglinton Ave. the new facility was designed to be a community hub and is seen by some to reflect the evolving nature of the neighbourhood.
In 2014 a public art installation titled Nyctophilia opened at Weston Road and Dennis Avenue. Designed by Toronto artists Daniel Young and Christian Giroux, the piece is part of a series of revitalization projects targeted at supporting the neighbourhood and its residents as it evolves beyond its industrial past.
- Dennis Community School — A public elementary school on Dennis Avenue, near Weston Road and Eglinton Avenue. Mount Dennis was founded in 1797. The first Mount Dennis school opened in 1891.
Mount Dennis station will be the westernmost terminus of the Eglinton Crosstown LRT and a stop on the GO Transit Kitchener line when it opens in 2020. It will also feature a 15-bay bus terminal for local bus routes. The maintenance facility for the vehicles on the Eglinton Crosstown line will be on the site of the old Kodak plant in Mount Dennis.
- John Lorain (2012-11-23). "Down (but not out) Mount Dennis area pins hopes on Metrolinx". Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2013-03-28.
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Kodak Canada was the largest employer in the area before it left the premises, employing about 800 employees in 2005. Total employment within the study area was 3,409 in 2006 - a decrease of 2,816 jobs over the past 11 years.
- "Weston-Mount Dennis residents want Metrolinx to preserve last Kodak building". Metro. 2013-05-06. Retrieved 2013-05-22.
“Mount Dennis is a sort of company town originally with Kodak as the major employer. A lot of people have a strong emotional attachment to it,” said Simon Chamberlain, a community activist. “With Kodak gone, this is the one bit of legacy that is left. And it’s one of the few significant historical buildings in the community.”
- Richard Harris (1999). "Unplanned Suburbs: Toronto's American Tragedy, 1900 to 1950". Johns Hopkins University Press. ISBN 9780801862823. Retrieved 2013-03-30.
- Hume, Christoper (March 29, 2013). "New Mount Dennis Public Library a neighbourhood beacon: Hume". www.thestar.com. Toronto Star. Retrieved May 4, 2015.
- Bayliss, Graeme (July 31, 2014). "Spotted: The Colourful Lights of Mt. Dennis". http://torontoist.com. Torontoist. Retrieved May 4, 2015.
- Mitanis, Marcus (July 31, 2014). "New Public Art 'Nyctophilia' Adorns Mount Dennis Neighbourhood". http://urbantoronto.ca. Urban Toronto. Retrieved May 4, 2015.
- Rahul Gupta (2012-12-12). "Meeting to provide details on LRT station in Mount Dennis". York Guardian. Archived from the original on 2013-03-29.
The Mount Dennis underground stop at Weston Road would serve as the line’s western terminus point, said Metrolinx spokesperson Jamie Robinson on Friday, Dec. 7.
- Rachel Mendleson (2013-10-02). "Crosstown LRT project reveals — and respects — Eglinton's history". Toronto Star. Retrieved 2013-10-03.
But it wasn’t until late last year, when Chamberlain learned the bank would be razed to make way for the Eglinton Crosstown LRT, that he dug a little deeper. As he discovered, the building at the heart of Mount Dennis is in fact deeply embedded in the DNA of the working-class community, with roots tracing back to 1913, when Kodak first set up shop there.
- Roy Murray (2012-07-09). "Feedback on maintenance yard needed". Weston Web. Archived from the original on 2013-03-29.
- Rahul Gupta (2012-12-18). "Metrolinx shoots for transit station at Kodak building". York Guardian. building%2F&date=2013-03-30 Archived Check
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A consultant for Metrolinx is confident a historic building on the former Kodak lands will become the main site for a planned light rail transit station for Mount Dennis.
- Steve Munro (2010-02-17). "Eglinton LRT: Trouble Brewing in Mt. Dennis (Update 2)". Archived from the original on 2015-03-04.
Some speakers addressed the use of the Kodak lands for the proposed carhouse, and asked that alternative schemes be considered. Part of this relates to a proposed “big box” development on the land. However, Council approved the acquisition of this property, by expropriation if necessary, in December.
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