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Torontonians, share your wealth?

Trying to wedge in some more detail for the outline of the second book, and finding I only really know downtown Toronto (and only part of it) with adequate certainty. Therefore, I appeal to those of you who actually live there:

Plot point help the first: if any section of Toronto were to become just about abandoned by low-income families for new government housing elsewhere in the city, which neighbourhood would be the most likely candidate? And by abandoned I mean almost totally abandoned for a period of 5-6 years, to the point where a few blocks would actually be empty buildings. And where might be a good place to create several blocks' worth of new government housing? Must be on the subway.

Point the second: December 1st is too fucking cold to be holding rallies and social demonstrations out-of-doors, yes? So if one were to hold such a thing, with more than thirty thousand attendees, where might it be held? Or would native Torontonians scoff the cold and just bundle up and go anyway? And if they did, where would it be held?

Point the third: a wealthy neighbourhood, or a few wealthy neighbourhoods, probably more in the city than an actual suburb. Places, for instance, that members of the government might own their private homes when not off governing. Preferably accessible via the subway.

Point the fourth: suburbs. And do we mock people who commute from them? What are probably the biggest source of daily commuters? We are looking for a place two middle-class, not-precisely-spoiled-but-fairly-sheltered kids might come from, and still, for example, go shopping in the city on a regular basis.

Point the last (for now): industrial districts? Imagine closed robotic factories. Also, what would be some well-known farming communities within reach of the trains (by "well" I mean "by laymen"); in a universe where farming and manufacturing is being taken over by essentially-automated systems run from a remote control centre.

Any and all help will be greatly appreciated (and possibly rewarded). ^.^


Oct. 19th, 2007 03:12 am (UTC)
1) I think this might be what you're looking for: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cabbagetown_(Toronto) for the first bit.

New govt. housing would probably go up in Downsview. There's a former army air base there that's screaming for development. And Downsview is the terminus for the Spadina subway line.

2)With global warming, it really depends. We've had some green Christmases in recent years. Not impossible that the temps would be in the high 30s to low 40s Farenheit. Indoors you might consider the Air Canada Center. Or Skydome. They both have roofs and they're popular concert venues.

3) Rosedale. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosedale,_Toronto hands down, no question. There are other well-to-do areas off the subways (Forest Hill, Bridle Path) or pricier real estate but more 'bohemian' (the Annex) but Rosedale seems the obvious choice. If you want to go further afield, you can try York Mills, but it's less well-known. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/York_Mills

4)Mississauga, Vaughan, Brampton, Markham, Richmond Hill, Pickering. These cities often have communities within them. Are your characters of any particular ethnicity? Thornhill, for example, which straddles Vaughan and Markham, has a very significant Jewish population (40%). A lot of Italian families live in Woodbridge. Markham has a significant Chinese community. We don't mock the suburbs as much anymore. Too many Toronto companies are pulling up shop and relocating there (my own among them as of November 9th) that they're mocking US now. Call it a friendly rivalry with the odd jerk on either side.

5) Hmmm... theoretically, any part of Toronto today could be torn down and turned into an industrial district. Present-Day, Weston is a good bet. As for farmland, the Niagara peninsula is about 60-90 minutes away. Niagara Falls, Niagara on the Lake...
Oct. 19th, 2007 03:13 am (UTC)
Clarification to point #3: When I said "off" the subway, I meant "far removed from". It occured to me that my words could be misconstrued.
Oct. 20th, 2007 04:12 am (UTC)
That is... all extremely helpful! Thank you! :D


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