Throwback Thursday: Farewell Oak Street

For this week’s Cabbagetown history, we’re featuring a National Film Board film from 1953 about the transition of Oak Street as a place in Cabbagetown (as it was then known) to Regent Park after it had been re-developed. Cabbagetown, north of Gerrard St. East, was similar in many respects at this time, to the pre-development era that is depicted in the film, and was slated to be developed in a similar manner.

A warning… this video is full of eyebrow-raising stereotypes that were obviously included to reinforce the prejudices and views of the authorities at the time.

The narrator of the video is famed Canadian actor Lorne Greene (“Pa” from the TV show Bonanza as I remember him, but also “The Voice of Doom” for CBC listeners during the Second World War).

1 reply on “Throwback Thursday: Farewell Oak Street”

When I was a child I was in this documentary..my name was bobby and the families name was Brown…my name is Ellen. Garrow….Giblen was last. Name before marriage…my mother brought to the Elgin threatens downtown to see it….wow always told people about this..they did not believe I was the little in the high chair..I was about 4years old…..We lived in regent park until I was 18 ……all the families from there to this day still have long time friendships…..

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