Neighbourhood

PARA’s neighbourhood is a wonderful place to live and work. The Bloor, Bathurst, College and Clinton block encompasses one of those charming historic residential precincts that downtown Toronto is blessed with. It’s a neighbourhood in flux, however, and as residents we need to be vigilant to make sure we don’t lose those features that make it the livable place it is today.

Here’s just a few of the neighbourhood’s distinctive features:

  • a solid stock of handsome Victorian and Edwardian houses on shady and leafy streets
  • Palmerston Blvd , with its unique street lamps and entrance gates (recently named the best street in Toronto in the Toronto Star). As well, the tree canopy along Palmerston Blvd has been the subject of interesting studies.
  • three schools (Harbord Collegiate , Clinton St Junior Public School, and St Francis of Assisi Catholic Elementary School)
  • two churches and one synagogue
  • a theatre and performing arts academy
  • a miniature park with a musical connection (Healey Willan Park)
  • three vibrant commercial/retail areas with active business improvement associations (Little Italy on College St , Korea Town on Bloor St , and Mirvish Village on Markham St )
  • Honest Ed’s , the famous Toronto shopping landmark at the corner of Bathurst and Bloor
  • accessible public transit provided by the Bloor subway and the College and Bathurst street cars
  • designated bicycle lanes on both Harbord St and College St.

Dr Joe Greenberg

Dr. Joe Greenberg has been a major figure in our community for many years.  He is and was revered by his many patients in our area for over 60 years. His community brand of providing service to his patients is a lost art.  He has been recognized in an article in the University of Toronto medical alumni magazine.
We have included the link (click here and follow the “2013 Winter” link) for you reading pleasure.

Little Free Library

Healey Willan Park is now home to a Little Free Library and a community bulletin board. Both of these installations are community operated and maintained- you can add books (for any age groups), borrow books, post notices. For those wishing to donate books, please write “Little Free Library” inside the front cover. If you wish, please add a personal note or dedication.

The library is named the Gina Feldberg Memorial Branch, named for a late Markham Street neighbour, mother, academic and avid reader.

Park Library

Tuesday May 28,

Uniting Fountain

Matt Galloway (CBC’s Metro Morning host) spoke with Rachel Mackenzie-Neill. She is a community volunteer in Little Italy and a PARA Board member. She and her neighbour, Jennifer Deyell (PARA Board member), were instrumental in bringing a new fountain to Healey Willan Park.  To hear the interview, click here

Jennifer also worked with Park People, and they just published an article in their blog about Healey Willan Park and the new fountain.  Click Here to see the full blog story.