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Colourful mural along McCaul Street. - Tanja-Tiziana
Wexford - Bendale
Points of Origin Mural in Wexford - Tanja Tiziana
Wexford and Bendale represent two neighbourhood poles of an area that spans central Scarborough. Though each has traces of the original rural villages that were here before modern Scarborough, the area grew rapidly when Torontonians leaving the central core after World War II moved here. They desired big back yards and open spaces, all the things the postwar Canadian Dream promised. Today these neighbourhoods are home to some of those original folks but also many more New Canadians. Most interesting are the strip malls found along Lawrence and Eglinton Avenues. Though only beginning to be celebrated, these malls act as old-fashioned main streets, filled with mom and pop stores. Many enterprises that would be unable to afford downtown rents find a home here, and the area acts as an informal economic incubator.
Wexford - Bendale Features
There's a village in that stripmall: a slideshow and essay wandering Wexford's main strip
Wednesday, August 04, 2010
Wexford used to be a village and though now found in the middle of Scarborough, it still is, but it might not look like you expect it to. Part of our series on neighbourhood strips, take a tour of a Wexford stripmall with Yonge Street's Bert Archer and Tanja Tiziana in words and pictures.
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