When I first arrived in Cabbagetown some 42 years ago, there was a palpable buzz about the joys of moving into a St. James Town apartment. This was "the" place for young professionals to hang their hat and start their professional life in the city. It was so hot, many on city council were ready to bulldoze the entire neighbourhood build more of these edifices. Thanks to Councillors John Sewell and Karl Jaffary and others, this madness was stopped in its tracks.
As it is now, the transformation of this complex couldn't have been more severe. It is a go-to destination still but no longer for young professionals. New Canadians have taken over and pretty much dominate the demographic landscape.
There is a history, starting in 1870, of this large block of the city in a Newsletter published by the Cabbagetown Preservation Association. It's a great read. Check it out here.