Cabbagetown: a Village of Diversity and Inclusiveness
As well as assisting people who are already long time residents of our great neighbourhood to up-size, down-size or right-size, I have the pleasure of selling or leasing into the area people who are attracted to Cabbagetown not just because of our beautiful architecture, gorgeous gardens and green spaces, great shopping and restaurants, but also because of our demographic diversity and our extraordinary culture of inclusiveness.
This was demonstrated for me again recently with the lease of a property on Laurier Ave., for our client Mamta Mishra. Mamta has lived in the neighbourhood for twenty years, raised her son here and loves its rich economic and creative diversity. Mamta has travelled internationally and has a broad, sophisticated, but down to earth perspective.
Mamta’s property exudes warmth and creative spirit with its open concept, and retro 70’s décor. It has consistently attracted the type of tenants who gravitate to an environment with Cabbagetown’s values, namely, cultural and economic diversity, it’s home to a large LGBT community, child friendly, and pet friendly.
When I’m showing property in Cabbagetown I’m often asked what is so special about this area other than the obvious, which is our location, being so close to the financial core, our architecture, services, greenspace and access to major highways. Although there are other mixed or diverse neighbourhoods in the city, there are few as successfully diverse as ours.
I have lived in Cabbagetown for 37 years and watched the progress and revitalization of our neighbourhood. There was a time when you never watched children play on the streets or in the laneways. It was uncommon to see all the families with young children and the many baby stollers we see now. This is such a gift as it reflects our renewal and growth as a community.
We are represented by our artists, bankers and executives, baristas, politicians, retirees, entrepreneurs, and the people who feed us, help us find housing, care for our children and pets, assist in our gardens, and care for our seniors. We are organized within the community with email lists and small street and laneway groups, we help one another and mourn the loss of those we recognize in the community. We celebrate together. We have festivals, meeting places and tours for our lovely homes and gardens where we invite the entire city to join us.
We are almost rebellious in our determination to stay diverse and inclusive, as is evidenced by the way as a community we treat the less fortunate, those new to our country who have settled in our village and those considered marginalized by health or economic challenges.
I am immensely proud of our heritage of being a mixed community and look forward to welcoming an even more eclectic group as we continue to grow and prosper in Cabbagetown.