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Four Corners

Thanks to our new friends in Mimico who hosted our last stop in the Four Corners Series. We talked to residents at the Mimico Centennial Library. Listen audio (runs 4:55)



Toronto is a vast, interesting, spread out city and we often don't know other neighbourhoods as well as our own. We're exploring four different areas of the city undergoing different phases of transformation. Four Corners Map Thanks to everyone who contacted us with suggestions for our series Four Corners. We'll visit Highland Creek in Scarborough which has roots in the 1800s; Don Valley Village which was created in the 1960s, and West Don Lands which is being built as we speak. Our fourth neighbourhood is historic and fast-growing Mimico. View a map of these areas.
Listen to our interviews and find out more.

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Ken Greenberg
Ken Greenberg
Welcome to Four Corners Matt Galloway spoke with Ken Greenberg. He is an architect and urban planner, here in Toronto.
Listen audio (runs 6:40)

Highland Creek Highland Creek is in the south-east corner of Scarborough bordered by the 401, Kingston Road, Morningside Avenue, and the creek for which the neighbourhood is named. It's one of Toronto's oldest neighbourhoods. It has roots in the 1800s, and it's been described as still having that "small village" feel. There are lots of single family homes on large lots on tree-lined streets, and a main street with independent shops.

Listen to Matt speak with Stephen Miles, president of the Highland Creek Residents Association. Listen audio (runs 6:04)
University of Toronto's Scarborough (UTSC) campus
UTSC campus
There are growing pressures on the area to accommodate more people. The University of Toronto's Scarborough (UTSC) campus is located in Highland Creek, and has been a fixture in the community since the 1960s. The student population at the school is projected to grow significantly from 11,200 to 13,400 in the next four years. Illegal rooming houses are cropping up to accommodate an influx of students.

Matt spoke about rooming houses with Rachella Valdez, a former tenant of an illegal rooming house, and Joe Luzi, a City of Toronto inspector. Listen audio (runs 8:05)

St. Joseph's Catholic Church
St. Joseph's
This area of Scarborough is also growing in another way. These days, waves of immigration to Toronto have brought new cultures to Highland Creek's doorsteps, and kitchens.

Matt spoke about a community cookbook with Ingrid Stalteri. She's trying to capture all the flavours of that diversity in a community cookbook she's organizing. The "Flavours of St. Joseph" cookbook is a fundraiser for St. Joseph's External Site- the oldest Catholic Church in Scarborough. Listen audio (runs 4:45)

Don Valley Village Matt Galloway spoke with Bronwyn Underhill. She is a Health Planner External Site at the Flemington Health Centre.
Listen audio (runs 6:53) Matt Galloway spoke with Toronto city councillor Shelley Carroll. But first our traffic reporter Joan Chang spoke with resident Noushin Khavarian, about the challenges of walking around her neighbourhood, known as "The Peanut".
Listen audio (runs 8:11)

Metro Morning's Jean Kim went to the Oriole Community GardenExternal Site, a place that offers nourishment for the body and the soul.
Listen audio (runs 4:55) This garden is part of the Oriole Food Space External Site program. It's a joint initiative by the North York Harvest Food BankExternal Site, Flemingdon Health Centre External Site, the Working Women Community CentreExternal Site and the Advent Lutheran ChurchExternal Site.

West Don Lands The West Don Lands is near the foot of the Don Valley Parkway and it's still mostly a huge construction site, but people are starting to move in. Matt Galloway spoke with Andrew Perez. He is renting a condo near King and River.
Listen audio (runs 5:38) The West Don Lands community is being created right now at the foot of the DVP. Buildings are going up, and people are moving in. But how will those residents get in, out and around? Our traffic reporter Joan Chang went out to the neighbourhood to find out.
Listen audio (runs 4:34)

Matt Galloway spoke with Cynthia Wilkey. She is the chair of the West Don Lands Committee, and a long time resident.
Listen audio (runs 6:15)

Matt Galloway spoke with John Campbell. He is the CEO of Waterfront Toronto.
Listen audio (runs 5:46)

Creating a park from scratch. Matt Galloway spoke with Michael Van Valkenburgh, he is the designer behind Toronto's newest park, Corktown Common.
Listen audio (runs 5:56)

Mimico This Toronto neighbourhood happens to produce massive amounts of canned soup. Matt Galloway spoke with Phil Donne. He is the president of the Campbell Company of Canada.
Listen audio (runs 4:55)

Etobicoke-Lakeshore city councillor Mark Grimes took Matt on a tour of developments around Mimico.
Listen audio (runs 5:54)

Like so many places around this city, condo development is on the rise here. And some residents wonder if that development is creating two communities that live side-by-side instead of together? Matt spoke with Robin Salt and Jim Reekie.
Listen audio (runs 7:05)

Mimico's arts community is partnering with local businesses to encourage more people to spend their time, and their money, in the community. Matt spoke with Susan Nagy. She is the executive director of Lakeshore Arts External Site.
Listen audio (runs 6:13)

Neil Mainville is a volunteer coach and convener with the Queensway Canadiens, he told Matt that Mimico is a great incubator for hockey players.
Listen audio (runs 5:01)

Great community for immigrants. Matt spoke with Claudia Montoya. She is an immigration settlement worker.
Listen audio (runs 3:15)

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