Our History

Starting in 2002, the Cabbagetown South Association has continued the mission of its predecessor organizations to foster a sense of community in the east downtown neighbourhood bounded by Shuter, Parliament, Carlton, and Sherbourne streets, and to target crack houses and other problems associated with illegal drugs.  Members of Cabbagetown South have participated directly in committees such as

  • the Milan-Poulett Working Committee
  • the Rooming House Task Force
  • the Division 51 Community Police Liaison Committee (CPLC)

The Milan-Poulett Working Committee joined with local politicians and City service representatives to get better lighting on Milan and Poulett streets as well as nearby lanes.  The Rooming House Task Force worked to enforce greater accountability of rooming house owners and social service organizations that operate in the area.  The CPLC is a Police outreach group that fosters the link between neighbourhoods and the Police.  (Cabbagetown South lies within the boundaries of the 51st Division of the Toronto Police Services.) Residents within the Cabbagetown South catchment area were among the founding members of one of Toronto's first CPLCs in the 1990s.  Members of Cabbagetown South have worked with Police and Parks & Recreation staff on safety audits in and around our neighbourhood parks and school grounds to get better lighting and sightlines to enhance the safety of these areas.

Cabbagetown South has joined other community groups in a series of community events such as the Cabbagetown Festival and All-Candidates debates during municipal, provincial and federal elections.  We have also organized a variety of our own activities such as wine, art, and garden tours, all focused on homes and businesses within the Cabbagetown South boundaries.  Our members have come out each year to plan annuals and perennials in some of the local gardens outside publicly funding buildings such as the library and Central Neighbourhood House.  We have an annual party in December, and other parties scheduled irregularly throughout the year.  We have targeted special community issues for coordinated, ongoing attention.  (See What We're Working On on our Home Page, for an introduction to these issues.)  The Cabbagetown South Association has provided financial support to local charitable organizations, and to local programs for children.


We invite all who share our goal of making this a cleaner, safer neighbourhood for community members and visitors to live and work to contact our organization.  If you share our goals, consider joining the organization.  Attend a meeting or three, and maybe even get directly involved with some of our events.


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