Neighbourhoods

Little Italy/Palmerston

From Bloor Street West to College Street, residents have a mix of thriving businesses in Little Italy, the residential tranquility of Palmerston, and as an added bonus, can easily frequent Koreatown and the Mirvish Village, as they are both on the edges of the Little Italy-Palmerston region. Families with children and older couples would prefer this area, with its large detached homes and apartments that are close to services.

Little Italy is home to highly coveted restaurants that page homage to its Italian roots. Your typical neighbour varies with a distinct mix of hipsters, ambitious professionals, and young families. It is well-known for its nightlife, cafes, and European stores.

Education
There are several schools for various ages, including Dewson Street Junior Public School, Harbord Collegiate Institute, and the Toronto Central Academy.

Public Transit
Little Italy is well-served by public transit, with streetcar service running on College Street and Bathurst Street. Additionally, there are regular bus routes on Ossington Avenue and Bloor Street. Students and faculty benefit from the convenience of the 94 bus that runs on Harbord Street. Residents also have a choice of using the subway with the Christie Station north of Bloor Street and the Bathurst Station on Bathurst Street.

Activities & Amenities
Coffee-lovers and celebrity-spotters flock to enjoy tasty dishes at the popular Café Diplomatico. Little Italy has a host of trattorias, traditional Italian cafés, bars, and pool halls. There are two major parks residents have quick access to, which are the Bickford Park and the Christie Pits Park; the latter being the larger with a pool, a variety of sports areas, an artificial ice rink, a children’s playground and Among the quiet tree-lined residential streets are professional services dotting the area as well as the occasional church and synagogue for spiritual guidance. Residents will find auto repair shops, drycleaners, a meditation centre, and glass and mirror shops without having to go too far. labyrinth, and a community garden.

HISTORY

During the 1920s, most Italian immigrants settled in this neighbourhood because of its affordable Edwardian homes. Cafés and restaurants were opened in the 1950s that reflected their Italian culture. In 1966, Johnny Lombardi launched CHIN, Canada’s first multilingual radio station from the second floor of his supermarket on College Street. Today, the radio station is run by his son and broadcasts in 32 languages.

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