Today, North York seems and/or is pretty ghetto, but nonetheless I still adore it. That is the very neighbourhood where I took my first steps, went to my first school and rode my first bike! I go back every year, to visit family and for holidays. It’s always a pleasant reminder of when I was a little girl. ♥over 6 years ago
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On campus at York University, that is, and I don’t think it’s as dangerous as it’s played out to be. It’s a really diverse area, from Italian to Tamil to Punjabi to black and white communities and lots of stuff in between, there are good places to get a Salvadorean breakfast and very few grocery stores without curry and plantain. I volunteer at an elementary school here through a literacy program called Frontier College and the kids really are amazing. People do reach out to their community more than they do downtown, I find. Not so much from the university, though; it’s pretty set apart even from the immediate area.
Sure, there are shootings in some areas, and there is gang violence, definitely. How I had it explained to me by someone who grew up here was that it wasn’t something universal; it depends a lot on who you hang out with and where you are. That being said, earlier this year a student from York was caught in the crossfire of two guys shooting at each other in a mall parking lot. It’s not Woodbridge or Richmond Hill. But it’s not Soweto either.over 7 years ago
Dunno why someone else made North York sound like Compton. First of all, North York is Huge. There are poor areas, and rich areas. I live near Yonge and Sheppard and have to say this area is fantastic. 110% safe. The second downtown of Toronto with skyscrapers, shops, cafes, and parks. Nightlife isn’t great though — go downtown. But daylife is amazing.over 7 years ago
My family lives in North York, so I often visit there. It’s developing into a new commercial district, espectially Younge & Sheppard area.
When I get tired of flat Waterloo I take a bus to North York and wonder around between skyrises. I like to hang out between Xerox towers or Mel Lastman Square.over 7 years ago
Many of my friends live in North York. It’s developing rapidly commercially with lots of condos shooting up the sky line. Very diverse in terms of ethnicity and a lot of interesting establishments, shopping, restaurants as a result.over 7 years ago
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