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    • 21,284
      Residents
    • 3.29 Km2
      Land Area
    • 6,469
      People / Km2
    • $20K
      Avg. Income
    • 18.2%
      Commute
    • 19.9%
      Rent
    Properties Total Avg. 1 Bed Avg. 2 Bed Low High
    For Sale 14 $294,945 $716,500 $269,990 $1,375,000
    For Lease 2 NA NA $2,350 / mo. $2,750 / mo.

    Available Styles

    • 14.3%
      2 1/2 Storey
    • 50%
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    • 21.4%
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    • 7.1%
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    • 7.1%
      Townhouse

    About

    Mount Dennis is a neighbourhood in York, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Primarily located along Eglinton Avenue between the Humber River and the Kitchener commuter rail line, the neighbourhood was best known for Kodak Heights, once a major camera manufacturing facility owned and operated by the Eastman Kodak Company....

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    The area gets its name from the Dennis family (led by John Dennis (1758–1832)), Loyalist shipbuilders who owned the property, as well as a boatyard on the Humber, at the turn of the 19th century. It remained largely rural, with orchards, gravel and clay pits and a few market gardens. Kodak Canada moved its factory to a site at Eglinton Avenue and Weston Road, along the rail line running next to Weston Road, in 1913. This factory complex, known as "Kodak Heights", was a major employer for Mount Dennis' residents until it was shut down in 2005.

    History

    Mount Dennis is a neighbourhood in York, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Primarily located along Eglinton Avenue between the Humber River and the Kitchener commuter rail line, the neighbourhood was best known for Kodak Heights, once a major camera manufacturing facility owned and operated by the Eastman Kodak Company....

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    History

    The area gets its name from the Dennis family (led by John Dennis (1758–1832)), Loyalist shipbuilders who owned the property, as well as a boatyard on the Humber, at the turn of the 19th century. It remained largely rural, with orchards, gravel and clay pits and a few market gardens. Kodak Canada moved its factory to a site at Eglinton Avenue and Weston Road, along the rail line running next to Weston Road, in 1913. This factory complex, known as "Kodak Heights", was a major employer for Mount Dennis' residents until it was shut down in 2005.

    The area became what urban geographer Richard Harris described as an "unplanned suburb" in his book, Unplanned Suburbs: Toronto's American Tragedy 1900 to 1950. Workers at Kodak and the nearby stockyards once located at Weston Road and St. Clair Avenue, as well as CCM, Willys Overland and other factories north and south of Mount Dennis built their own homes before municipal services were in place, and small developers built "infill" homes, gradually filling the streets with the current housing stock of former cottages and small, fully detached homes, among the most affordable housing stock in Toronto for recent immigrants and first-time homeowners.

    Residents

    The area is a classic example of Toronto's diversity, with dozens of ethnic groups represented, however the largest ethnic group by far are from the Caribbean and West Africa with the vast majority of visible minorities of Jamaican descent. With respect to religion, there are many black store front churches representing the many faiths of the African and Caribbean communities as well as Western-European, Middle Eastern and Asian faiths such as Christian, Roman Catholicism, Pentecostalism, Seventh Day Adventist), Muslim, and Buddhist. Among the languages spoken are Spanish, Vietnamese, and Portuguese.(Source: Statistics Canada 2006 Census).

    In Mount Dennis’s census tract 5350156.01, the median income for residents in the community in 2006 as $17,771. This information was collected by the mandatory long-form census conducted in 2006. In 2011, the median income was $20,637. It had grown by $2866. This information was collected by the voluntary National Household Survey in 2011. This demonstrates in general, income levels are rising in Mount Dennis. Data in 2011 was affected by Mount Dennis’ GNR (global non-response rate) of 38.5%.

    In census tract 5350156.01 in 2006, 600 residents owned their homes while 1590 residents rented their homes. This information was gathered by the mandatory long-form census conducted in 2006. By 2011, 625 residents owned their homes while 1646 residents rented. This information was collected by the voluntary National Household Survey in 2011. This shows residents in Mount Dennis are much more likely to rent than own their homes. Data in 2011 was affected by Mount Dennis’ GNR (global non-response rate) of 38.5%.

    Culture

    The neighbourhood's 60-year-old library, a branch of the Toronto Public Library system, reopened in 2013 after extensive renovations. Located at Weston Rd. and Eglinton Ave. the new facility was designed to be a community hub and is seen by some to reflect the evolving nature of the neighbourhood.

    In 2014 a public art installation titled Nyctophilia opened at Weston Road and Dennis Avenue. Designed by Toronto artists Daniel Young and Christian Giroux, the piece is part of a series of revitalization projects targeted at supporting the neighbourhood and its residents as it evolves beyond its industrial past.

    Weston–Mount Dennis was once a centre of manufacturing, and later a centre of small immigrant shops. Eventually one type of business, hair salons and barbershops serving the Black community, came to predominate. In 2012, a community organizer proposed proclaiming it an official hair district.

    Schools

    • Dennis Community School — A public elementary school on Dennis Avenue, near Weston Road and Eglinton Avenue. Mount Dennis was founded in 1797. The first Mount Dennis school opened in 1891.

    Transit

    Mount Dennis station will be the westernmost terminus of the Eglinton Crosstown LRT and a stop on the GO Transit Kitchener line when it opens in 2020. It will also feature a 15-bay bus terminal for local bus routes. The maintenance facility for the vehicles on the Eglinton Crosstown line will be on the site of the old Kodak plant in Mount Dennis.

    When he was a candidate for Mayor of Toronto John Tory's platform included a transit plan he called SmartTrack. The centrepeice of the plan was what he called a 53 kilometres (33 mi) "surface-subway", which would run through Mount Dennis. SmartTrack was to share the rights-of-way of existing rail lines—except for a turn-off at Mount Dennis, where he imagined the route could run parallel to Eglinton, using the right-of-way that had been set aside decades ago for the Richview Expressway. Tory promised that, by the use of existing rights-of-way, this new transit route could be built for a modest $8 billion CAD. Unfortunately Rob Ford, the current mayor, had sold off the Richview right-of-way. This would require multiple tunneled sections along Eglinton, eroding the cost-savings Tory promised. Further, Tory's plan overlooked that the turning radius for large heavy rail vehicles would require extensive tunneling under Mount Dennis itself.

    In late 2015 Metrolinks made public its plans to include a gas-fired electrical generator on its Mount Dennis campus.

    References

    External links

    • City of Toronto - Mount Dennis Neighbourhood Profile

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