Originally Posted by Snark
- I went to High School at Westminster. Back then, there were two black guys and everyone else was a WASP suburbanite. I understand now that that majority of the student body are Asian. Talk about changing demographics.
When I started at St. Thomas Aquinas in 2000, that school was the same - virtually all white, although some Italian, Polish, and Portuguese in the mix, plus a couple Mexicans and one
black. Mostly Dutch and British, and everyone spoke fluent English. That all changed when the Colombian influx started in 2002; some were refugees who spoke little or no English when they arrived. By the time I graduated the demographics were far more multicultural, with a sizable Colombian population and a growing Asian population. Today that school offers "native" Spanish courses.
I vaguely remember visiting the old market. I recall when it was demolished some of the vendors temporarily located into nearby storefronts along Dundas and King Streets, which had a lot of vacancies at the time (1998-99).
My father recalls in the early 80s when Southdale was all rural from the west end to Wharncliffe, and there was development only on the north side from there to almost Ernest Ave in White Oaks. There used to be Cornell's Farm on Southdale near Colonel Talbot which had you-pick strawberries, pumpkins, apples, and other fruits. The market burned down around 1998. There are houses now where the strawberries and pumpkins used to be.