For information from other media and more background history on development in our West-end neighbourhood, check out the below links that have been loosely organized around the main aspects of the development projects.


Toronto moves forward with inclusionary zoning plans despite province’s pledge to change rules—Star

Our councillor, Ana Bailão is promoting Inclusionary Zoning—which the city hopes will meet its affordable housing goals—despite the upheaval caused by provincial legislation announced in May of this year. Here’s an interesting look

Toronto malls now a hotbed for condo developments

An article on how Toronto’s mall parking lots might become sites for new condo developments. Dufferin Mall is mentioned.

Closing time

So gather up your jackets, and move it to the exits 
I hope you have found a 
—Leonard Cohen, Closing Time

Here are a couple of laments for the Matador at Davenport and College, from Edward Keenan and Ben Rayner, who suggests we weren’t smart enough to realize the importance of our local speakeasy.

Dufferin Grove Park is about to get a hug makeover

This is a June 2019 report on an upgrade to the park’s skating rink and rink house/community centre.

Jam-packed Dufferin speeding toward rapid densification

This is a major investigation of how our neighbourhood will deal with  rapid intensification. This Sunday Star front page expose starts off by looking at the crowds trying to catch a Dufferin 29 bus northbound.

Residents intrigued and concerned over plans to develop Dufferin Mall asks the question if Bloor/Dufferin can handle another major development.

TVO short docs finalist: Bloor Dufferin

This short film, shot by Camilla Garcia and Pedro Miquez of Rebel Creative Media was a finalist in the 2018 TVO short docs contest. It’s a good, four-minute review of our community’s development issues. The documentary was aired before the December, 2018 announcement of further development at Dufferin Mall.

“Toronto’s Dufferin Mall to undergo redevelopment”

A report by Ryan McGovern from a developer-friendly website which details the developers, architects and development plans for Dufferin Mall,, Dec. 5, 2018.

“The Dufferin Mall parking lot could soon become housing”

An idiosyncratic blog post with further details of the proposed Dufferin Mall parking lot development. Lauren O’Neil,, Dec. 7, 2018

“New major community centre and public library planned for Oakridge Centre”

A report on what Vancouver is doing in one neighbourhood to make development a positive.


Andrew Bozikovic, Toronto Star, April 5, 2018

Bloor-Dufferin Developer Goes Back to the Drawing Board After Complaints from Residents

Michael See, Toronto Star, April 18, 2018

Bloordale Residents Push for More Input on Planned Community Hub

Nikhil Sharma,, Jan. 27, 2017

April 9, 2017 Toronto schools bracing for wave of highrise neighbours

June 21, 2016 Toronto community gets update on future of TDSB lands at Bloor and Dufferin streets

May 1, 2015 (Updated May 15, 2018) TDSB, province mull uses for Bloor-Dufferin surplus schools


May 1, 2017 How Toronto’s condo boom gives chain stores the upper hand: Hume

April 8, 2017 Public art at condo developments create ‘spaces that excite and inspire’

December 8, 2016 Hariri Pontarini Design to Reshape 7.3 Acre Bloor-Dufferin Site

August 5, 2016 Toronto Lands Corporation: Bloor Dufferin Redevelopment & Community Hub Initiative

Community Hubs

January 27, 2017 Bloordale Residents Push for More Input on Planned Community Hub

December 2016 [City of Toronto, Government of Ontario] Request for Expressions of Interest For the “Community Hub Visioning Group for Bloor-Dufferin”

December 16, 2016 Community hubs are great, but they won’t keep schools from closing

December 8, 2016 New school, community hub, park, affordable housing for Bloor-Dufferin

August 12, 2016 (updated June 29, 2018) [Government of Ontario Report] One-year progress update on Community Hubs in Ontario: A Strategic Framework and Action Plan

August 9, 2015 (updated August 14, 2017) [Government of Ontario Report] Community hubs in Ontario: A strategic framework and action plan

Park/Green Space

The Development

Developer: Capital Developments

Architect: Hariri Pontarini


Government Documentation and press releases:

Bloor Dufferin Land Redevelopement,

Toronto Land Corporation, Aug. 5, 2016

Community hubs in Ontario: A strategic framework and action plan

Government of Ontario, August, 2015, updated, August 2017

Enabling and Celebrating Community Hubs: one-year update

Government of Ontario, August 2016

Other sites or articles that may be of interest: