Crescent Town

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Crescent Town is a high-rise housing project in East York, Toronto, Ontario, Canada located in the Victoria Park Avenue and Danforth Avenue area. The Crescent Town patch has nine buildings. Official numbers put the population at approximately 8,000 people, but the true number could be close to double that. This area can trace its roots back to 1887 when Walter Massey - the son of Hart Massey, Canada's first major industrialist - purchased a 240 acre (1 km²) country property centered around Dawes Road and Victoria Park Avenue. The Massey farm was named Detonia after Mrs. Massey's family whose surname was Denton. In 1933, Susan Massey generously gave 40 acres (160,000 m²) of Detonia to Crescent School where her grandsons were educated. Crescent School operated at Detonia until 1969 when this property was sold to the developers who built the present day Crescent Town neighborhood. Hollywood actor Kiefer Sutherland from the hit fox television show 24 was among the first Crescent Town residents. He spent part of his childhood in Crescent Town and attended the Crescent Town Elementary School [1]. Crescent Town is very multicultural where mostly new immigrants such as Bengalis, West Indians, Pakistanis, Tamils as well as Aboriginal families live. Though incomes are low in the patch, reliance on welfare and pensions is moderate at 14% of households receiving government benefits (though this is still more than 1.5-times as high as the city average of 8%).


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