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Bleecker street is a north/south thoroughfare located in the heart of the St. James Town neighbourhood in downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada. When it was first proposed in the 1960s, this area was the biggest urban renewal project ever conceived in Toronto. By clearing a vast swath of crumbling Victorian properties in one of the city's poorest neighbourhoods, urban planners aimed to engineer the densest concentration of people in the country. In the 1950s, many of the Victorian homes of north Cabbagetown were seriously grim. Many of the rental properties were owned by unscrupulous landlords and lacked even the most basic utilities. At the time, the city still routinely referred homeless welfare families to the neighbourhood. Bleecker Street was first developed by Toronto’s housing company Cityhome and was converted to a co-op through the efforts of the residents in 1991. Since then, the co-op has improved its financial management, funded its reserves and upgraded the property to distance itself from its violent past. Bleecker highrises are home to many elderly and mentaly disabled tenants, and also house a large number of African, Chinese and East Indian immigrant famalies.


Man Injured In St James Town Shooting UPDATE: Police Name Suspect

Man Stabbed In Throat On Bleecker Street

Police Hunt For Man Who Tried To Take Their Guns

Toronto Police Release Video Of Deadly Bleecker St. Shooting

One Dead, One Seriously Injured After Bleecker Stabbing UPDATE: Suspect Is Charged

Another Man Stabbed In St. James Town

Man Stabbed In St. Jamestown

Gunman In St. James Town Was On Bicycle, Police Say

Man Stabbed In The Chest In St. James Town

3 Shootings, 2 Months, 1 Street

One Man Shot Dead In Bleecker

Police Searching For Bleecker Murder Suspect

Gang Rivalries Likely Behind Shootings: Blair

Four sought in Playground Shooting

Man Dies In Bleecker Street Shooting UPDATE: 2 Arrested In Bleecker Homicide


Bleecker Street Co-Op Homes