EAST YORK 1924-1997: TORONTO'S GARDEN OF EDEN
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On the new book, EAST YORK 1924-1997: TORONTO'S GARDEN OF EDEN...
This book is the first and the only complete history of East York. It details the East York story beginning with its incorporation as a Township in 1924, through the devastating years of the Great Depression of the 1930s, through the World War II years, through the building and baby booms of the post war years, through the creation of Metropolitan Toronto, through the merger with the Town of Leaside to become the Borough of East York in 1967, through the True Davidson era and through the changing times up to and including its amalgamation with the megacity of Toronto at midnight on December 31st, 1997.
I have written this book because I believe that it is essential that we record the East York storey before it disappears from living memory. Stan Wadlow, the long- time Commissioner of Parks and Recreation, always referred to East York as the Garden of Eden. It is my fervent hope that future residents of the former Borough of East York will never lose the sense that they live in the Garden of Eden of Toronto—a small town within a big city.
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Many long-time East Yorkers—and I am one of them—describe East York as a small town in a big city. When I tell people who live in other parts of Toronto where I live, they often respond, “East York is different, isn’t it.” That’s a statement not a question. A long-time local East York barber told me of a conversation he had with a customer who had recently moved to East York. “This place is special,” his customer said. “Don’t let anyone else know about it. Let’s keep it to ourselves.”