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Cabbagetown

History of Cabbagetown

Cabbagetown's history began in the 1840's when thousands of Irish immigrants settled here after fleeing the potato famins in their homeland. To help put food on the table these first Cabbagetown residents grew cabbages on their front lawns, which is how this district came to be known as Cabbagetown

Cabbagetown's working class community was particulary hard hit by the Depression of the 1930's. Cabbagetown historian Hugh Garner, wrote that the Depression turned Cabbagetown into "the worst Anglo Saxon slum in North America". The worst slums were concentrated south of Gerrard Street. These homes were razed in the 1950's and replaced by the Regent Park housing development.

Cabbagetown was revitalized in the 1970's and 1980's by new home buyers, who restored much of this neighbourhoods fine collection of Victorian homes. Cabbagetown is now considered one of Toronto's most gentrified neighbourhoods.

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