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Old 04-03-2010, 01:33 AM
 
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As I visited Toronto a couple of weeks ago, and while I was walking along Dundas near Spadina, I saw a complex called "Atkinson Housing Co-op". It was huge, and I was wondering what kind of influence it has on the rest of the neighbourhood. Is that what you would call a "project"? Does that attract the presence of dealers, or other people just hanging out looking for trouble? Does that make the area less safe?

If someone were looking for a place to rent downtown, would you advise him/her to stay away from the area where that complex is?
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Old 04-03-2010, 09:20 AM
 
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That area started out as Public Housing and was later converted into Co-Op's, many of which are still subsidized.

As far as safety is concerned the neighborhood has been cleaned up by residents quite a bit. In the 80's early 90's it used to have alot of major issues.

I spent alot of time there personally as I had friends/family that used to run with the POB (Project Original Boyz or Bloods) All that pseudo gang banging was quite lame, but the drugs and guns were definitely prevalent in the area. Now alot of the old members have moved on in life (many of which are in prison) and the neighborhood is pretty safe in my opinion.

Many of the residents are of African Canadian decent from Nova Scotia (Much like North Regent Park) mixed in with other Immigrant groups.

I think its a centrally located neighborhood located in the city core and close to Kensington Market which is great. It also serves as a good example of residents taking charge of their area and standing up to make a significant change.
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Old 04-03-2010, 10:15 PM
 
Location: Toronto
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It's not the same today as it was say.. 30 years ago. Most of the population as Cart said, "Moved on with life" or displaced themselves elsewhere. I'm sure problems still exist there today, but not as rampant as it once was.
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