|Changed Municipality||1998 Toronto from Etobicoke|
|• MP||Kirsty Duncan (Etobicoke North)|
|• MPP||Shafiq Qaadri (Etobicoke North)|
|• Councillor||Rob Ford (Ward 2 Etobicoke North)|
Rexdale is an informally-defined district of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is located north-west of the central core, in the former suburb of Etobicoke. Rexdale defines an area of several official neighbourhoods north of Highway 401 and east of Kipling Avenue. Rexdale was originally a post World War II residential development within Etobicoke, and today is applied to a general area from Malton and Toronto Pearson International Airport in the City of Mississauga to the west, Highway 401 to the south, Steeles Avenue to the north, and the Humber River to the east. It is centred on Rexdale Boulevard and Islington Avenue.
Rexdale was named for local real estate developer Rex Heslop, who purchased farmland in the area in 1955 for a cost of $110,000, and installed water mains, streets and sewers, as well as houses which listed for sale at either $9,000 or $10,000. The homes sold well, and soon 330 families were living in the development. In 1956, Heslop opened the Rexdale Shopping Centre (since demolished and replaced by a power centre). By then, 70 industries and 3,600 homes were located in Rexdale.
Rexdale's first residents were mostly English and Scottish, but evolved into a multicultural neighbourhood in the following decades. The population of Rexdale, according to the 2006 Census, is 94,469 living in 30,238 households. The population grows at a rate comparable to surrounding communities.
In 2006, Christopher Hume, now a journalist with the Toronto Star, wrote that Rexdale "has become shorthand for suburban blight, social breakdown and gang violence. In 2005 alone, five young men were shot dead in the area, a grey landscape of highways and highrises, shopping malls and churches." Hume wrote that children who lived in Rexdale had nothing to do, and were "wandering around the anonymous streets of this place". The vision of Rexdale's planners, Hume wrote, was a patchwork of separate precincts for working, living, shopping and playing, connected by expressways. However, this single-use zoning, separation, industrial-scale development and reliance on cars contributed to Rexdale's problems.
There are a number of neighborhoods within the area known as Rexdale:
In addition to the secular Anglophone public school system, Etobicoke is home to several public separate schools, overseen by the Toronto Catholic District School Board. The Conseil scolaire Viamonde operates secular Francophone schools, and the Conseil scolaire de district catholique Centre-Sud, which operates Catholic Francophone schools.
- Monsignor Percy Johnson Catholic Secondary School
- Thistletown Collegiate Institute
- North Albion Collegiate Institute
- West Humber Collegiate Institute
- Smithfield Middle School
- Albion Heights Junior Middle School
- Claireville Elementary Junior School
- St. Andrew's Catholic School
- St. Benedict's Catholic School
- St. Stephen's Catholic School
- Mississauga Private
- Father Henry Carr Secondary School
- Elmlea Junior School is a public elementary school at 50 Hadrian Drive in the Highway 401 and Islington Avenue area. The school opened in 1952.
- The Elms Junior Middle School is a public elementary school located at 45 Golfdown Drive, east of Islington Avenue. The school opened in October 1960.
- Rivercrest Junior School - a public elementary school located at 30 Harefield Drive, near the Humber River, between Kipling Avenue and Islington Avenue. Since 1956, second and third generations of families have continued to be part of the Rivercrest community.
- West Humber Junior Middle School
- Humberwood Downs Junior Middle Academy - a public school in Humberwood, located in western Rexdale
- North Kipling Junior Middle School
- Elmbank Junior Middle School
- Timothy Christian School
- Carlo Colaiacovo, professional hockey player
- Ghetto Concept, hip hop duo
- Dave Huntley, former professional lacrosse player
- K'naan, hip hop musician
- Bruce McDonald, film and television director
- P. K. Subban, professional hockey player
- Malcolm Subban, professional hockey player and brother of P.K. Subban
- Rheostatics, rock band
In popular culture
- Filey, Mike (2006). Toronto Sketches 9: "The Way We Were" Columns from the Toronto Sunday Sun. Dundurn. pp. 103–105.
- Hume, Christopher (February 18, 2006). "At The Least, Build a Community Centre". Urbantoronto.ca.
- Royson, James. "Closing school dagger to heart of Rexdale." Toronto Star. December 12, 2001. News p. B01. Retrieved on August 27, 2013.
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