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The Story of a Victorian Neighbourhood

by Penina Coopersmith
photographs by Vincenzo Pietropaolo

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list price: $19.99
category: History
published: 1998
imprint: Lorimer
  • Winner, Heritage Toronto Commendation
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Cabbagetown is one of Toronto's most vibrant downtown neighbourhoods: tiny workers' cottages stand cheek-by-jowl with grand Victorian homes; it has parks, gardens, theatres, a working farm, and a main street that boasts an eclectic mix of pleasant shops and restaurants.

This beautifully illustrated book captures the highlights of Cabbagetown's lively history. Penina Coopersmith traces Cabbagetown's origins in the eighteenth century, growth in the Victorian era, decline in the thirties, and renaissance today. Also included are two walking tours that highlight historic and contemporary buildings and sites.

Lively and informative, Cabbagetown: The Story of a Victorian Neighbourhood offers residents and visitors alike a fascinating portrait of one of Toronto's most interesting neighbourhoods.

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Editorial Reviews

"Renovating couples inclined to the Victorian may pounce on Penina Coopersmith's Cabbagetown: The Story of a Victorian Neighbourhood."

— Toronto Star

"An informative, enjoyable and easy read as well as a prized picture book...kudos to the author and photographer for a labour of love!"

— etc...new

"This valuable contribution to Toronto's history features walking tours that will be welcomed by those wishing to explore the city's social and architectural past."

— Canadian Book Review Annual
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About the Authors

Penina Coopersmith

PENINA COOPERSMITH is a longtime Toronto resident who works as a writer, lecturer, broadcaster and editor.
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Vincenzo Pietropaolo

Vincenzo Pietropaolo was a city planner with the City of Toronto for over fifteen years before turning to photography full-time. His focus lies in social documentary photography and photojournalism and his projects have taken him to many cities around the world. Pietropaolo is an award-winning photographer and has been deemed “one of Canada’s pre-eminent documentary photographers” by Canadian Geographic Magazine. He and his partner still live in Toronto, ON where they are avid urban farmers in their own backyard.
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