By Frederick H. Armstrong
A urban within the Making examines certian of the occasions that came about within the 19th century Toronto, paying specific consciousness to those that carved a thriving city out of the frontier publish that used to be town of York. (1989)
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Extra info for A City in the Making: Progress, People and Perils in Victorian Toronto
There were also a great variety of minor concerns: silversmiths, book stores, druggist's, hatters, even a cigar store and a used-clothing shop. Many of these businesses, of course, were ephemeral, but others were to grow and play a leading role in the city for decades. Whether the new stores were wholesale or retail, Montrealcontrolled or Toronto-owned, importers from England or from the United States, or both, they all had one thing in common: the desire to develop business both in the city itself and in its hinterland.
10 In spite of the financial burden imposed by the court house and jail, and a taxation system that was far from adequate, the district magistrates were next forced to build a new market for the city to replace the old one which had become hopelessly overcrowded. This was done in 1830-32, but the cost involved (over £9,000) was the final difficulty that brought on incorporation for Toronto—some new system of governing and financing simply had to be found. The provincial government, too, occasionally attempted to aid its fast-growing capital, and Lieutenant-Governor Sir John Colborne was largely responsible for the opening of the first hospital in 1829.
His interest is hardly surprising since his firm, Murray, Newbigging & Company, as already noted, was active in the trade of the Lake Simcoe region. The July meeting debated the idea of building either a canal or a railway to Lake Simcoe, to connect with the Lake Huron canal that the Simcoe meeting had already approved. 0 (to be credited against future stock purchases) were received from nineteen individuals. A separate Toronto committee was appointed which included various representatives from both the Lake Simcoe area and the townships between the lake and the city.
A City in the Making: Progress, People and Perils in Victorian Toronto by Frederick H. Armstrong