The Yonge-Church Corridor is home to residents from diverse backgrounds, spanning the entire spectrum of the socio-economic scale. This neighbourhood boasts a significant number of rental accommodations. This number reflecting the mobility of the population, which is comprised of mainly young couples and singles. All over the Church-Yonge Corridor new condominium developments are popping up, gradually improving the vibe of this downtown neighbourhood from urban grit to city chic. Having recently purchased landmark buildings to expand their campus such as Sam the Record Man, Ryerson University is also helping to reshape Toronto’s downtown east core. The recent acquisition of the iconic Maple Leaf Gardens has become the new home of the Ryerson University Sports and Recreation Centre.
The Yonge-Church Corridor is bounded by Bloor Street East to the north with Sherborne Street to the east, Front Street to the south and Bay Street to the west.
Some of Toronto's most prominent families originally settled the Yonge-Church Corridor early on. Clues to this neighbourhood’s captivating history can be found in the street names. Homewood Avenue is named after the estate of George Allan, a former mayor of Toronto. Jarvis Street is named after former provincial secretary of Upper Canada William Jarvis and his family. Captain John McGill had McGill Street is named after him, and Sherbourne Street commemorates the ancestral home of the Ridout family who came to Canada from Sherbourne, Dorsetshire, England. In the mid 1800's after the aforementioned families subdivided their large estates, the current neighbourhood was born. One can still see the mansions of a time gone by on Jarvis Street and Sherborne Street. Up until the early 1900s Downtown, now known as the Yonge-Church Corridor, was the most fashionable and trendy suburb of Toronto.
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