Cabbagetown’s history began in the 1840’s when thousands of Irish immigrants settled here after fleeing the potato famins in their homeland. These first Cabbagetown residents were very poor. To put food on the table they 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.
Cabbagetown is one of Toronto’s most popular neighbourhoods. Its residents come from a wide variety of backgrounds, however they all share a strong sense of community spirit and pride in their neighbourhood.
This community spirit is put on display every September during the Cabbagetown Fall Festival that runs for an entire weekend and features a mini marathon, historical walking tours, a parade and a community wide yard sale.
Source: Your Guide to Toronto Neighbourhoods copyright Maple Tree Publishing Inc.
Cabbagetown’s close proximaty to transit, highways, shopping, entertainment, and restaurants give this neighbourhood an urban flavor and make it desireable to a wide variety of people. It also borders along Toronto’s colourful Gay Village, Church & Wellesley, which has terrific eateries and shopping along Yonge street. Parliament street, within Cabbagetown, features an ecclectic mix of restaurants and shops. House styles in Cabbagetown range from small row houses to large victorian semi-detached and town houses.