Kensington Market and The Annex is situated in downtown Toronto from Dupont Street, south to Bloor Street, and west to east - Bathurst Street until Avenue Road. The area consists of several vintage and antique stores, fresh supermarkets, nature goods stores and historical buildings. Many civilians are loyal to the community and it’s aura.
Recently retail landlord RioCan is looking to build a three-story 130,000 square foot complex with a Walmart and Loblaws on Bathurst street south of College. There have also been confirmed developments of condominiums being built closer to Kensignton Market and the famous Honest Ed’s being sold out. The city has placed a one-year freeze on the development due to local opposition. Several community members feel it is a terrible decision and are willing to protest for when the proposal is raised again and some believe it’s time for a change.
This is a Research Project for the University of Guelph-Humber, by yours truly, that explores the community and talks to some of the important stores, and individuals that will be impacted by this change.