The Annex is a lively and affluent neighbourhood, bordering the University of Toronto St. George Campus. It is home to many students and academics of the University as well as several fraternity and sorority houses. The Annex retail stretch of Bloor Street, running from Avenue Road to Bathurst Street, caters to this diverse population. Indeed, it offers everything from upscale dining to the landmark discount retailer Honest Ed’s. The neighbourhood features a thriving cultural scene and is home to the Tranzac Theatre, the Bloor Street Cinema and the Jewish Community Store.
Bay Street Corridor
Running from the intersection of Bay and Bloor to the north and Bay and Queen to the south, this stretch of Bay Street is reflected by a significant concentration of condominium buildings. The Bay Street Corridor features numerous restaurants and shops. As well, it is bordered to the north by Yorkville, one of the major shopping districts in the City of Toronto. Nearby, are many hospitals as well as two major post-secondary institutions – the University of Toronto and Ryerson University.
The core commercial strip of the Church-Wellesley Village is located along Church Street from Wellesley Street south to Alexander. As well, there are several bars, restaurants, shops and services that mainly run along the Church Street strip. The 519 Church Community Centre is a meeting place for many social and political groups. While the neighbourhood today caters especially to the LGBT community, it is also a historic community with Victorian houses and apartments dating back to the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Cityplace is a residential condominium district built on what was formerly railway land by developers Concord Adex. Cityplace is centrally located, meaning that there is easy access to both Union Station and the Gardiner Expressway. Though there is little street life in the area itself, Cityplace is a short distance to the neighbourhoods of the Harbourfront and the Toronto Entertainment District. Close proximity to these neighbourhoods means that the area is near recreation, nightlife, restaurants, theatres and sports venues as well as shopping on Queen St W.
The Corktown neighbourhood contains many vacant industrial buildings, which the film industry often uses for production sites. Some of the original workers’ cottages of the area remain intact and can make for an excellent sight-seeing venture. The neighborhood is undergoing a period of gentrification and has recently become popular among the young professionals of the city. The location is conveniently located near the business and entertainment districts, making it an ideal place for both work and play.
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