This is one of the largest Chinatowns in North America. It is centred around the intersection of Dundas Street West
and Spadina Avenue
, and extends outward from this point along both streets. It has grown significantly over the years and has come to reflect a diverse set of Asian cultures through its shops and restaurants, including Chinese
, and Thai
. Prior to this, Chinatown was located on Dundas Street West and Bay Street. When the City began construction on the current City Hall in the 1960s, Chinese-oriented stores and homes formerly in the old district were required to close down and move shop, so that the area could be cleared for the new building. Consequently, the Chinese community migrated westward to Chinatown's current location. Only a handful of Chinese businesses still remain around Bay and Dundas. Since the late 1990s, younger, higher-income immigrants from the Chinese mainland, Taiwan
, and Hong Kong
have moved out, so those left in the district are typically from older generations who depend on downtown's dense concentration of services and accessibility to public transportation. The area has also seen a surge in Latin American immigrants, who are changing the face of old Chinatown.
An influx of University of Toronto and Ryerson University students seeking affordable housing, coupled with the location of the Ontario College of Art and Design adjacent to Chinatown, has accelerated gentrification of the district, bringing in young professionals to the area.
Regardless, the Chinatown is still alive and well. From hidden tigers and crouching dragons to 1-dollar awakening clocks, anything can be found
Map of Chinatown neighborhood.||
How to get to Chinatown Neighborhood
St-Patrick subway station, take tramway westbound and stop at Spadina. Alternately, go to Spadina station, and take the tramway southbound and stop at Dundas.
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Neighborhoods Nearby Chinatown - Pictures by Parent
Kensington Market Neighborhood by Parent.
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Discovery District Neighborhood by Parent.
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Entertainment District Neighborhood by Parent.
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Queen`s Park Neighborhood by Parent.
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Financial District Neighborhood by Parent.
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Dundas Square Neighborhood by Parent.
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Cityplace Neighborhood by Parent.
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Little Italy Neighborhood by Parent.
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Koreatown Neighborhood by Parent.
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The Annex Neighborhood by Parent.
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Harbourfront Neighborhood by Parent.
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Yorkville Neighborhood by Parent.
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