The New Toronto neighbourhood is located along Toronto’s western beaches. This area has recently seen a lot of growth. The industrial corridor located at the north end has been converted to residential zoning. Industry is gradually moving out of New Toronto and plans are underway for new home developments in this part of the neighbourhood. Presently this neighbourhood is home to an eclectic mix of residents from a wide mix of cultures and incomes including a large seniors population. Some wonderful features of the New Toronto neighbourhood include affordable homes, convenient access to the TTC and Go Transit service, quick access to downtown Toronto via Lake Shore Boulevard and a bicycle trail.
New Toronto is bounded with Lakeshore Drive to the south, Dwlight Avenue to the east, 22nd Street to the west, and New Toronto Street to the north.
In the 1890's New Toronto was planned as a working town. The growth of New Toronto began in 1906 when the Grand Trunk Railway opened a freight yard, a roundhouse, and repair shops. The opening of the railway attracted industry to the new town. In 1917, the areas largest employer Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company opened a plant. Owing to the rapid growth of New Toronto it was officially incorporated as a town in 1920. During this period of prosperity New Toronto touted itself as having the "highest value of manufacturing per square mile in North America." Thanks to this strong industrial base New Toronto was able to maintain one of the lowest residential tax rates in the Toronto area throughout much of its history. New Toronto was amalgamated with the former Township of Etobicoke in 1967. However through the amalgamation, it never lost its sense of identity as a working class town. From the 1990's to the present the local industry has gradually been replaced with new home developments. These developments have had a strong part in attracting young couples and young professionals residents to this neighbourhood.
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