Moss Park is the downtown neighbourhood primarily between Jarvis and Parliament, and south of Dundas. Its larger boundaries extend to the Don River and north to Carlton and includes the smaller neighbourhood of Corktown, the Garden District, and Cabbagetown south. Home of the Moss Park Armoury on Queen, the neighbourhood is also known for its housing projects and homeless shelters.
The Allen family estate at the west side of Sherbourne between Queen and Shuter inspired the name by the massive amounts of moss that covered the grounds. The estate was demolished during the redevelopment of the area in the 1960s into housing projects and a community centre.
The area was once the heart of Toronto’s industry, lots of factories and dense housing gave way to the new development, defined a group of three large towers at Queen and Parliament run by the Toronto Community Housing Corporation. For decades the neighbourhood was one of the city’s poorest until its recent gentrification.
Loft conversions and brand new condo buildings are being built and the old Victorian rowhouses are being renovated much like Cabbagetown. Along with trendy shops and restaurants and its proximity to the downtown core, the area is less dodgy and more in demand than ever.