Monday, May 9, 2016


Anyone who lives, drives or walks along Toronto's Craven Road eventually has two questions:
  1. Why the tiny houses?
  2. Why the huge fence?

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To find out, read on!
Here's a list of all posts to date, in order of publication:

Posting is sporadic, but comments are always welcome: oncravenroad [at] gmail [dot] com.

Craven Road by the Numbers

More Jane's Walk gems from Joanne Doucette!
"Are you interested in a particular address on Craven Road? I have posted my sources for my walk in numerical order from 1 Craven Road on up. 
I will be updating this with more material later today and as I find it or as people send it to me by email at liatris52 AT sympatico DOT ca"
Check out her new post here:

And don't miss: 

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Joanne's Talk, Jane's Walk

Jane Jacobs and the Craven Road fence both celebrate their centenary this year.
Artwork by Joanne Doucette
Yesterday's memorable Jane's Walk, "Erie Terrace to Craven Road: Tiny Houses, Tall Tales and a 100-Year Fence," drew nearly a hundred walkers and dozens of stories shared both by local historian Joanne Doucette and by longtime residents.

The capacity crowd spilled off the sidewalk and into the road (parted with the occasional street-hockey cry of "Car!") as the tour progressed northwards along Craven from Jonathan Ashbridge Park to the train tracks.

One enterprising young resident had the foresight to set up a stand to sell cupcakes and fresh-squeezed orange juice partway along the route. Hungry walkers bought up the entire stock.

An insightful, entertaining and generous raconteur, Joanne carried a sheaf of notes featuring stories on "about every second house," and whenever an occupant was present, she would hand that page to them once the story had been shared.

Today she posted her extensive Craven Road research, some of it newly unearthed for this walk, on her website:

Many thanks to all who came out to share the road!