|Wednesday, October 27, 1909||The Globe (Toronto)||Page 6, col. 1|
The future of East Toronto.
Many years ago the Grand Trunk Railway management selected for a great railway yard a spot a few miles east of Toronto, but as near it as the topographical character of the locality permitted.York, as the new station was called, lay on the nearest side of the plateau, the summit of which is reached by means of a long and heavy grade out of the Don Valley. In course of time theyardbecame inevitably the centre of a settlement; the settlement became the town of East Toronto, and East Toronto a few months ago incorporated with the city of Toronto. While the inhabitants of the former suburb were looking forward with hope to a prosperous future, they were recently surprised by the announcement that the plant and sidings in the yard were to be removed shortly to the western yard at Mimico, and already the removal is in progress.
The people who have been led by the history and the outlook of the place to live and do business there are naturally disappointed. There would have been no East Toronto such as there is now but for the location there of the Grand Trunk yard and the railway employees. Many of the latter, expecting to make the town their permanent place of abode, had purchased sites and built houses of their own, and many others had come to live beside them because the facilities for doing business were advantageous. The change made by a great corporation in its own interest inflicts serious hardships on many classes of people who are not well situated to help themselves.
The people of East Toronto will now have to face new conditions, and much depends for their future on the way in which this crisis is met. It would be useless either to fume against the railway company or to nurse their grievances to keep them warm. Other places have been similarly treated ever since the railways came into existence, and they will continue to be so treated as long as we have railway corporations with us. The best course for the people under existing circumstances is to take stock of what is left of their resources and try unitedly to make the most of them. East Toronto is still a good place for industrial operations, and it is also a good place for residences. The whole region between the railway yard and the lake shore is beautiful picturesque, and in a few years the former town will no doubt be found to have more than recovered its leesway.