Thursday, 8 November 2012

Introduction to Ossington and Queen


Ossington and Queen

The Beginning

Ossington street, known as Ossington Avenue back in before the 1900s, is the main street of west downtown Toronto and is in one of the more artistic areas of the city. Ossington was a part of pioneer road, which was built during the War of 1812, though it is now one of the hot night life areas in Toronto, with lots of bars and restaurants.

Before the War of 1812 Ossington was owned by Denison family, originally being named after the Nottingham home the Denison family owned. Later, during the War of 1812 and after the Battle of York, Ossington was made into a road, later to become a commercial street filled with stores and other small shops in the 1900s.

 Ossington and Queen was the 'home' of Trinity College which was made in 1852, until it moved in 1925. Though in it's place lies Trinity Bellwoods Park, the second largest park in the city of Toronto and was called the "Best park for people watching" by Toronto Life.

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Local Problems and Issues


109 Ossington Avenue

One of the BIG concerns in the Ossington and Queen area is the condo plans for 109 Ossington Street. Lots of people in the area, including myself (the author of this blog), are not very thrilled about the idea of a condo being so close to home. Around the area of Ossington and Queen there are many semi-detached houses which were made back over 100 years ago, and the community, besides the rise of Queen street, has been pretty calm and collected. People fear that bringing in a condo on Ossington, a street filled with more stores then homes, will throw off the balance of the neighborhood. There are TONS of other great areas for condos, but Ossington just isn't one of them. The zoning area on Ossington is much shorter then the proposed condominium building, which isn't very pleasing to the mind, or eyes, at least for the people who live in the area. Many people are against the building of this condo, but the question remains, will the cries of the fellow members of the neighborhood be enough to shut the project down? All I know is that it will be one hell of a battle.

Monday, 5 November 2012

The Latest News



Openings and Closings

A lot of shops have opened along Ossington (mostly). There is a new clothing store owned by the branch named Stussy. A new skater shop for all the skaters in the neighborhood to grab their gear, a nail and wax salon for the ladies (and men who are into it), and there is even a plan for a Rock Lobster Food Resterant; I (the author) am very looking forward to that -- who doesn't like lobster?

Though we must also say goodbye to those shops who are planning to leave the lively street. Watusi said their final goodbye on Halloween night, the building being the possible home of the planned Rock Lobster Food Resterant (which I, the author, spoke about above). More Than Pasta also closed after a year and a half of business on Ossington, tthough not to fear; they are just relocating to a larger facility.

Sunday, 4 November 2012

Interview of a Local

Monique Carvashio


I (the author) interviewed a girl by the name of Monique who has been living in the area since she was born. Though she did not wish for me to photograph her, nor use her real last name, I still conducted the interview as follows.

Q: What do you think of the neighborhood of Ossington and Queen?
A: I honestly love the area. Not only are there great places to shop but there are also a lot of friendly people in the neighborhood, which always gives me a nice relaxed set of mind when walking around. Everyone is very polite, and it is a happening area that many of us teenagers hang out at. It is the place to be.

Q: What is your favourite thing to do on Ossington and Queen?
A: I love to shop. All the shops down Queen and down Ossington always have things that are in fashion, or have things that are absolutly adorable. I mean what girl doesn't like to shop? And both Ossington and Queen street are perfect streets to shop on if you love to shop (besides going to the mall of course).

Q: Last question; what type environment would you call Ossington and Queen?
A: Ossington and Queen is a very family oriented neighborhood, a great area for raising kids or just taking your dog out for a walk. The neighborhood is a great place to chill with your friends (especially at the park) and a great place to just hang out and walk around. I would say the neighborhood is of middle to higher class people, and nearly all the residence who live in the area are either really young or are the elderly.

Saturday, 3 November 2012

Local Resources


Want to read more?


Here are a few resources I pulled up when researching my neighborhood.
Hope you find them as useful as I did!

"Torontoist‘s scope encompasses absolutely everything interesting related to Toronto, including news, arts, events, culture, transit, politics, photography, public spaces, food, and a whole lot more."

"blogTO is a web site about Toronto written by a group of obsessed artists, musicians, photographers, politicos, advertising and media types, dancers, tech geeks, food lovers, aspiring film directors, fashionistas and people for the ethical treatment of animals."

Ossington Village
"The Ossington Village is a community of homeowners, businesses and residents enjoying this little section of the city visited by many. We set up this blog as a labour of love to highlight and promote the activities and people of the neighbourhood. It is also a chronicle of the story of the evolution of area."