JRN Radio Features 2016

Neighbourhood east of Ryerson unsafe, but full of character

morgan.bocknek November 15, 2016 172

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On the day we moved into our house, some police officers on bikes told us we should probably leave as soon as possible.

Check out what our walk to school was like this morning:

It was a fair statement. The communities that border Ryerson’s east side are notoriously unsafe. But they’re cheap, close to school and have a lot of character.

The area has so much personality that there’s enough to talk about to have a podcast about it.

Woman wearing headphones holds a microphone towards a man as she interviews him outside on a balcony

For our first episode, we talk about how the area came to be, what it’s like to live here now and what’s in store for it next.

Here are some photos of what the area used to look like:

City of Toronto 1972
An empty street in Toronto from 1972

Photos courtesy of the City of Toronto

We spoke to residents, local business owners, police and more.

A woman interviews a second woman. Mannequin heads appear in the background showcasing a number of wigs.

Give it a listen!

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