Toronto Neighborhoods • Little Italy


Author: Parent     Date pictures taken:  2008     City: Toronto     Country: Canada      Pictures Attached: 24     Pictures License: Copyrighted Free Use - Requires Attribution - Allows Commercial Reuse and Derivative Works     Neighborhood Type: Toronto Nightlife District, Middle Class Residential Neighborhood



Little Italy Pictures

by Parent on Sat Mar 15, 2008 10:51 pm


Little Italy, sometimes referred to as College Street West or College and Clinton, is a district in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is well known for its numerous Italian Canadian restaurants and businesses. The district is centred around a restaurant/bar/shopping strip along College Street, the heart of which being the intersection of College and Clinton Streets and the adjacent residential area.

Italians arrived in Toronto in large numbers during the early 20th century. Italians first settled in an area then known as "The Ward" - centred around University Avenue and College Street. By the 1920s, most Italians had moved west of Bathurst Street and the College-Clinton area had emerged as the city's major Little Italy. The affordable Victorian homes that line the side streets of this neighbourhood were bought by Italian immigrants, many of whom found work on the railways and in road construction. These houses were vacated by the suburb-seeking Canadians of Anglo-Saxon descent, which led to an influx of Italians in the community, and the opening of a number of Italian-owned businesses along College Street.

Many Italians moved out of the area during the 1950s and 1960s, and headed northwest to the Corso Italia(pics) neighbourhood around St. Clair Avenue and Dufferin Street, or to adjacent suburbs. By the 1960s, St. Clair Avenue had supplanted College Street as the centre of Italian culture in Toronto. Within the past three decades, many Italian Torontonians moved to Toronto's suburbs. There are now further concentrations of Italian Canadians in Downsview in Toronto; Woodbridge and Maple in Vaughan; Richmond Hill, and Mississauga.

Today, Little Italy's population is ethnically diverse. By the 1960s, the Portuguese had become the largest ethnic group, and were later joined by South Americans. Little Italy has also become quite popular with younger crowds because of its vibrant nightlife and its proximity to the downtown core. Since the 1980s, many young professionals have been buying homes in the neighbourhood.

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Picture of Little Italy neighborhood, Toronto City, Canada,  2008 by Parent (Toronto Nightlife District, Middle Class Residential Neighborhood) College and Clinton streets. (163.02 KB) Photo viewed 1204 times
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Picture of Little Italy neighborhood, Toronto City, Canada,  2008 by Parent (Toronto Nightlife District, Middle Class Residential Neighborhood) Littlely! (266.99 KB) Photo viewed 1372 times
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Picture of Little Italy neighborhood, Toronto City, Canada,  2008 by Parent (Toronto Nightlife District, Middle Class Residential Neighborhood) Johnny Lombardi way. (181.19 KB) Photo viewed 1244 times
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Picture of Little Italy neighborhood, Toronto City, Canada,  2008 by Parent (Toronto Nightlife District, Middle Class Residential Neighborhood) Veni, vidi, vici. (560.02 KB) Photo viewed 1174 times
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Picture of Little Italy neighborhood, Toronto City, Canada,  2008 by Parent (Toronto Nightlife District, Middle Class Residential Neighborhood) Italian restaurants. (231.18 KB) Photo viewed 1212 times
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Picture of Little Italy neighborhood, Toronto City, Canada,  2008 by Parent (Toronto Nightlife District, Middle Class Residential Neighborhood) Convenience store. (526.18 KB) Photo viewed 1114 times
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Picture of Little Italy neighborhood, Toronto City, Canada,  2008 by Parent (Toronto Nightlife District, Middle Class Residential Neighborhood) Benjamin Moore Carpets on the street. (224.94 KB) Photo viewed 1122 times
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Picture of Little Italy neighborhood, Toronto City, Canada,  2008 by Parent (Toronto Nightlife District, Middle Class Residential Neighborhood) The black cat. (518.22 KB) Photo viewed 1115 times
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Picture of Little Italy neighborhood, Toronto City, Canada,  2008 by Parent (Toronto Nightlife District, Middle Class Residential Neighborhood) Typical houses of this neighborhood. (231.03 KB) Photo viewed 1522 times
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Picture of Little Italy neighborhood, Toronto City, Canada,  2008 by Parent (Toronto Nightlife District, Middle Class Residential Neighborhood) Cafe Diplomatico (476.58 KB) Photo viewed 1140 times
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Picture of Little Italy neighborhood, Toronto City, Canada,  2008 by Parent (Toronto Nightlife District, Middle Class Residential Neighborhood) Sidewalk Cafe. Indeed. (190.04 KB) Photo viewed 1070 times
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Picture of Little Italy neighborhood, Toronto City, Canada,  2008 by Parent (Toronto Nightlife District, Middle Class Residential Neighborhood) lady shoes for 20 bucks. (470.43 KB) Photo viewed 1081 times
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Picture of Little Italy neighborhood, Toronto City, Canada,  2008 by Parent (Toronto Nightlife District, Middle Class Residential Neighborhood) Houses on Ossington avenue a bit north of College. (471.48 KB) Photo viewed 1049 times
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Picture of Little Italy neighborhood, Toronto City, Canada,  2008 by Parent (Toronto Nightlife District, Middle Class Residential Neighborhood) House built in the 1950s, with walls made in fake bricks (paper with brick motives on it). (177.8 KB) Photo viewed 1048 times
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Picture of Little Italy neighborhood, Toronto City, Canada,  2008 by Parent (Toronto Nightlife District, Middle Class Residential Neighborhood) Garages at the back. (384.09 KB) Photo viewed 1054 times
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Map of Little Italy neighborhood.


How to get to Little Italy Neighborhood


Go to Bathurst Subway Station, take tramway towards Exhibition, and get off at College street. Little Italy is west of Bathurst.
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