Mulock Ave and area industrial concurrent activities on any morning

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Milk delivery to the cheese firm
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Textile delivery to Topper Linens

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One of the fews mornings where the milk truck doesn't block us from getting out of the alleyway…

Mulock Avenue is such a unique street in Toronto for its mix of businesses and houses, though I can't comment how it works out for residents. (If you like Polish deli food, it can't be that bad.) It's the diversity of industrial and commercial uses that's impressive, from uniform cleaning to deli meats, and the fact that they're interspersed among sections of houses.

For that unusual pre-zoning legacy, it doesn't feel neglected or ruined, with people maintaining their front yards and houses, and mature trees towering above like in any good Toronto neighbourhood. Maybe there's some noise, smell, and traffic from the surrounding plants, but kudos to residents for living on this cool street that Jane Jacobs probably would have enjoyed, too.

Agree A.R. I really like how the residents and the industry seem to co-exist, VIne Ave was much like that right into the late 70's. Canadian Rogers Eastern had a much greater number of employees, and their yard to the east of the Parkette was storage yard for their industrial roofing business.

Until about 72 the west side of Vine parkette was a grain mill with six silos.

everybody co-existed.

Yes, I ‘m sure Jane Jacobs would love living here in a “cool mixed-use neighbourhood.”

Who wouldn’t want to wake up to dead squirrels on their walkway (a side effect of rat poison from the food businesses), or not being able to cross the street safely because the intersection is blocked by trucks. Of course, there’s nothing more appealing than an empty lot (or two!) being used as an industrial dump site in your neighbourhood, or getting plowed down by a reckless Topper truck. Not to mention the oh-so-relaxing smell of rubber that is so strong, many of us have to close our windows.

If the residents here loved coexisting with industry so much, you wouldn't find such a large number of us always petitioning the businesses in question to be better neighbours, or contacting governmental bodies when they don't respond.

Mulock Avenue is a great street in spite of the industry. Please stop romanticizing it.

The author of this blog lives in an area of the Junction that has a steel factory and a a chicken factory across the tracks and it can be annoying too, and I understand the problems associated with the industry, for 22 years I had studios here and there in the Mulock area (Keele Centre and Monarch Rd, a road next to the silos) and it is much much better now… you can actually breathe… at times in past you just could not with the cardboard factory, the silos and the casting Plant working 24 hours a day.

Now it seems the mix is alot better.

Yes the Topper trucks have moved real close to the blog, from the yard at 43 Junction Rd. (right next to park too) yet a mixed community I believe is a healthy community.

Yes the empty lots our not a great site, yet the coming condo on the old paint plant site will be welcome, although i do hope they keep the very light industrial section that was once planed it would be great for artist studios, which have mostly disappeared in the area.

I agree the condo development will be a welcome addition to the communtity at 6 Lloyd Avenue (Old Bengimin Moore) Lands. It is about time they develop this land since it has been empty for a long time. I do urge the community to call into the city for the owners of the empty lands (in the area) to keep them clean ( garbage free), this is the least they can do until they get developed.

I'm not sure when tossing garbage from your car and littering became ok, but for the many that only work or shop here, they just don't care.

The grosses thing I ever seen is the truck drivers that deliver to the Rubber factory and the Bread Factory leaving their urine filled water bottles along the curb of Cawthra, the number of these portable toilets lying there is astounding.

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