Saturday, September 4, 2010
This building is certainly no beauty but the story behind it is interesting. It was a deteriorating schoolhouse that was taken over many years ago by Toronto Community Housing and turned into 13 units of co-op housing for artists. They all pay market-rent for large live/work studio space and have taken over all the land on the property (except for some parking spaces) and have planted a huge community garden of fruit trees, veggies, and some flowers. I was there a few weeks ago when the produce was at its peak and the place looked like a jungle. There have been proposals over the years to build more units onto the front of the building which would take away most of the garden but so far the 'farm' is safe.