"There's no more space for low-rise residential housing in the city and as a result the cost of low-rise residential is going through the roof," says Ariana Cancelli from The Laneway Project. "Allowing laneway housing is one way to increase the amount of low-rise residential in the city, and that seems to be what people want."
But it's been not all doom and gloom, of course. Riverdale was also home to the city's first baseball stadium, a popular place called Sunlight Park that overlooked the river, and a Leslieville tree may have inspired a poem so popular that it almost became Canada's national anthem.
Here are 10 quirky things to know about Riverdale and Leslieville.
City spokesman Shane Gerard said the work was scrubbed at the request of Stephen Cruise, the artist behind the colourful bronze thimble and buttons that also populate the corner. Cruise's piece, which was commissioned by the city in 1997, included subtle tape measure markings etched into the concrete sidewalk, but artist Victor Fraser added the colours and additional details in 2006.
The work was carried out Nov. 6 and 10 at a cost of $623, Gerard said.
Yes, many of these Rosedale homes offer the complete package (or near to it), which is invariably reflected in their listing prices. This house hit the market at just shy of $3 million, which actually seems reasonable when you consider where the million dollar mark sits in Toronto.
Environment Canada issued a wind warning earlier this afternoon, calling for gusts of up to 100 km/h through the evening and into the night. So far, blasts of up to 80 km/h have been recorded within the City of Toronto. Temperatures are expected to fall to around 1 degree later tonight.