Riverdale, Toronto

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District The southern part of South Riverdale, just north of the Port Lands, is what's called the '''Studio District'''. Industrial warehouses along Lakeshore Avenue house production studios and many people working in film and television live in the old Victorians found along the area's side streets. Carlaw and Queen has become an arts hub, with many artists choosing to run their studios from the various work-live lofts. Blake-Jones '''Blake-Jones''' is a section of tree-lined streets with residences built from the 1870s to 1930s. The neighbourhood extends along Jones Avenue commencing at the cemetery south of Strathcona and extending down to Hunter. The Globe and Mail, Friday, August 22, 2008, page G16 It is bordered by Danforth Avenue to the north, Pape Avenue to the west, Greenwood Avenue to the east and the CN Railway tracks just south of Riverdale Boultbee Avenue to the south. Houses along Blake Street are more affordable in this neighbourhood than in many areas of the city because most of the homes are semi-detached. There are also a significant amount of residents within public housing, residing in apartment and townhouse complex of Blake Boultbee, owned by Toronto Community Housing. With a 33.3% unemployment rate in youth aged 15–19 (City of Toronto, 2006), the Blake-Jones corridor of Riverdale has seen an increase in crime within recent years. There are three local elementary schools zoned to the area; Blake Street (which also houses East end Alternative), Earl Grey, and Pape Avenue. The high school that is zoned to the area is Riverdale Collegiate Institute. There is also an alternative high school, Eastern Commerce, in the Donlands Danforth area. The neighbourhood is served by the Pape (Pape (TTC)), Donlands (Donlands (TTC)), and Greenwood (Greenwood (TTC)) subway stations and the 72 Pape and 83 Jones bus routes and is also home to the Greenwood Subway Yard, a landmark within the area. The Pocket Located within Blake-Jones is an area residents refer to as '''The Pocket'''. Over time there have been some differences on the exact definition of the area, but currently the Pocket is understood to be "accessible only from the west along Jones Avenue". The Globe and Mail, November 17th 2006, http: www.theglobeandmail.com life home-and-garden real-estate article855110.ece The Toronto Star, Saturday, March 14th 2009, http: www.thestar.com News GTA article 602315 This would indicate that the area would be bordered by Chatham Street at the north (which itself is not accessible from Jones), and on the southern end by Boultbee Ave. The Eastern side is bordered by the TTC Greenwood yard. As of January 2013 the Pocket Community Association declared they served an area that is "bounded on the west by Jones Ave, on the east by Greenwood Avenue, on the north by Danforth Ave, and on the south by the railroad tracks abutting Boultbee Avenue in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. http: www.thepocket.ca wp-content uploads 2013 09 REVISED%20C%26B-L%2024%20JAN%202013%20APPROVED%20AT%20JANUARY%20AGM.pdf The community is served by the Pocket Community Association, more information can be found at www.thepocket.ca. The name "The Pocket" was created by area residents during a planning session attended by Susan McMurray, also an editor of a newsletter for the area. The name has stuck in part because of the "village feel" of the community, and has become well used by residents and realtors in the area. Toronto Life, Real Estate 2012, page 30 The Pocket has been experiencing a gentrification similar of that to the most of Riverdale and other neighbourhoods within Toronto. For The Pocket, this started in the 1990s. The neighbourhood is listed as one of the ten hottest areas in Toronto Life and is described as "coveted" by the Globe and Mail indicating that buyers will pay a premium to live in the community. The Globe and Mail, August 25th, 2011: http: www.theglobeandmail.com life home-and-garden real-estate done-deals a-premium-for-the-pocket article2141473 The Pocket has an above average number of people from the Muslim and Greek Orthodox communities living in the area. The area has benefitted from a strong group of volunteers who have done much to make the area safer and prettier. Such projects as cleaning up and renaming Ben Kerr Lane, an annual street party on Dawson Avenue, street sales, organized pot lucks, not to mention a great number of improvements to Phin Park. Phin Park has had a number of mature trees planted along its central lighted walkway, an outdoor ice rink created every winter, the placement of large boulders removed during street work, and the building of a gazebo next to the playground for parents to cool off while their children play. Throughout the year there are events at the park organized and paid for by the community including monthly movie nights and an excellent fireworks show on Victoria Day. Another beautification project included building a small orchard and community garden area north of the Greenwood TTC yard. Other Some Riverdale residents differentiate between "upper" and "lower" Riverdale. "Upper Riverdale" is characterized as the part of the neighbourhood north of Riverdale Ave., and "Lower Riverdale" is the area south of Riverdale Ave. In terms of the quality of the housing supply, homes built in "upper Riverdale" are more likely to be renovated, but "Lower Riverdale" contains more original and classic designs of the late 19th century. There are a number of remarkable century-old homes built on Simpson and Langley Avenues, the latter street named after Toronto's well-known early 20th century architect, and the former featuring the oldest Victorian houses in Riverdale. Of note, Simpson Avenue is home to the original six houses of Riverdale; located at the west end of the street and locally known as the 'Six Sisters.' The area bounded by Dundas St. East in the south, Jones Ave. to the east, the railway tracks to the north, and Carlaw Ave. to the west is also referred to by local residents as "Badgerow," after a residential street that runs through the centre of that area. This pocket includes the legendary Maple Leaf Tavern, as well as a Sikh temple, Turkish cultural centre and Jewish cemetery, in addition to the Gerrard Square shopping mall. Politics Provincial politics :''main article Riverdale (electoral district)'' Riverdale is in the provincial riding of Toronto—Danforth (Toronto—Danforth (provincial electoral district)), and is currently represented in the Ontario provincial parliament by Peter Tabuns, deputy leader of the Ontario New Democratic Party. Municipally, Riverdale is in Toronto Ward 30, represented by Toronto city councillor Paula Fletcher. Federally it is represented by Craig Scott (Craig Scott (politician)) of the NDP (New Democratic Party of Canada). Provincially, the riding was known as Riverdale from the 1914 Ontario provincial election (Ontario general election, 1914) until the 1999 Ontario provincial election (Ontario general election, 1999) when the number of provincial ridings were reduced and given the same borders and names as federal ridings, in this case Broadview—Greenwood and, more recently, Toronto—Danforth. In all its guises it has elected a New Democrat in every election since 1963. In 1964 a by-election set the model for future NDP campaigns. Under the campaign management of Gerald Caplan, Stephen Lewis, and Marjorie Pinney the NDP canvassed every household three times, identified all their supporters, and then they got out the vote (Get out the vote). This strategy is also known as PIG (PIG (elections)), ''Persuade, Identify, Get out the vote''. Lawyer James Renwick (James Alexander Renwick) won with 7,287 votes compared to 5,774 votes for the Conservatives and 5,771 votes for the Liberals. Federal politics Federally the riding, known for many years as Broadview (Broadview (electoral district)) and then Broadview—Greenwood (Toronto—Danforth), has been represented by New Democrats from 1962 (the first federal election after the party was formed) until 1988, when Liberal (Liberal Party of Canada) Dennis Mills won the seat. Mills held the riding until 2004, when NDP (New Democratic Party of Canada) leader Jack Layton won the seat. Notable roads *Don Valley Parkway *Broadview Avenue *De Grassi Street *Eastern Avenue (Eastern Avenue (Toronto)) *Dundas Street (Dundas Street (Toronto)) East *Gerrard Street (Gerrard Street (Toronto)) East *Danforth Avenue Notable people The '''Toronto Jail''' (more commonly known as '''The Don''', or '''The Don Jail''') is a provincial jail for remand (Detention of suspects)ed offenders in the city of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is located in the Riverdale (Riverdale, Toronto) neighbourhood on Gerrard Street East (Gerrard Street (Toronto)) near its intersection with Broadview Avenue. It gets its nickname from the nearby Don River (Don River (Toronto)). One reason for the popular use of "The Don" nickname is that this jail was the third or fourth to be known as the '''Toronto Jail'''. The Toronto Central Prison was also colloquially known as the Toronto Jail, as were the King Street Gaols (King Street Gaol (1827)). Ironically, The Don is the only jail to have been officially designated the Toronto Jail, yet has rarely been referred to as such outside official circles. The original Don Gaol building closed in 1977 and is now owned by Bridgepoint Health which has begun renovation of the building as a new administration building scheduled to open in spring 2013. http: www.bridgepointhealth.ca newhospital The adjoining Toronto Jail building will remain operational until a new facility, the Toronto South Detention Centre is completed on the site of the current Mimico Correctional Centre. Infrastructure Ontario Media ReleaseDetention Centre Project Attracts Industry Interest, September 9, 2008 North Regent Park Moss Park Corktown East Riverdale (Riverdale, Toronto) West Don Lands South East Bayfront District *'''keep''' please this is not roadcruft Yuckfoo (User:Yuckfoo) 07:33, 16 September 2005 (UTC) *'''Delete''', lousy Riverdale (Riverdale (Archie Comics)) punks! If this is is important to Riverdale (Riverdale, Toronto) put it in that article, don't create a substandard, non-expandable article. Just create a section in Riverdale, Toronto called transportation or traffic pattern or something and discuss there. This roadcruft is just fragmenting relevant discussion into odd bits of info here and there. --maclean25 (User:Maclean25) 03:14, 18 September 2005 (UTC) *'''Keep'''-- despite what you Killjoys want....Lots of cultural signifigance; Chinatown, Don Jail, Riverdale Park, TTC Subway, TTC Streetcars, Don Mills Road's early route.... (Unsigned comment by Bacl-presby (User:Bacl-presby)) *'''keep''' please this is not roadcruft Yuckfoo (User:Yuckfoo) 07:33, 16 September 2005 (UTC) *'''Delete''', lousy Riverdale (Riverdale (Archie Comics)) punks! If this is is important to Riverdale (Riverdale, Toronto) put it in that article, don't create a substandard, non-expandable article. Just create a section in Riverdale, Toronto called transportation or traffic pattern or something and discuss there. This roadcruft is just fragmenting relevant discussion into odd bits of info here and there. --maclean25 (User:Maclean25) 03:14, 18 September 2005 (UTC) *'''Keep'''-- despite what you Killjoys want....Lots of cultural signifigance; Chinatown, Don Jail, Riverdale Park, TTC Subway, TTC Streetcars, Don Mills Road's early route.... (Unsigned comment by Bacl-presby (User:Bacl-presby)) In 1945, Saunders attempted to win the Progressive Conservative (Progressive Conservative Party of Canada) nomination for Riverdale (Riverdale, Toronto), but he lost narrowly to his fellow Ward 1 alderman Gordon Millen. Saunders then tried to win election to the Board of Control (Toronto Board of Control). He received no major newspaper endorsements and in both the 1945 (Toronto municipal election, 1945) and 1946 elections (Toronto municipal election, 1946) failed to win a seat. In 1947 he won back his old seat on city council he served there for two years before trying again for the Board of Control. In the 1949 election (Toronto municipal election, 1949) he was endorsed by all three daily papers and won a seat on the Board.


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has 68 students and accepts students from all over Toronto. * '''Withrow Avenue Junior Public School''', '''Jackman Avenue Junior Public School''', ref name 14 09 11>

; '''Frankland Community School''',


Langley Avenues, the latter street named after Toronto's well-known early 20th century architect

; are more likely to be renovated, but "Lower Riverdale" contains more original and classic designs of the late 19th century. There are a number of remarkable century-old homes built on Simpson and Langley Avenues, the latter street named after Toronto's well-known early 20th century architect, and the former featuring the oldest Victorian houses in Riverdale. Of note, Simpson Avenue is home to the original six houses of Riverdale; located at the west end of the street and locally known as the 'Six Sisters.' The area bounded by Dundas St. East in the south, Jones Ave. to the east, the railway tracks to the north, and Carlaw Ave. to the west is also referred to by local residents as "Badgerow," after a residential street that runs through the centre of that area. This pocket includes the legendary Maple Leaf Tavern, as well as a Sikh temple, Turkish cultural centre and Jewish cemetery, in addition to the Gerrard Square shopping mall. Politics Provincial politics :''main article Riverdale (electoral district)'' Riverdale is in the provincial riding of Toronto—Danforth (Toronto—Danforth (provincial electoral district)), and is currently represented in the Ontario provincial parliament by Peter Tabuns, deputy leader of the Ontario New Democratic Party. Municipally, Riverdale is in Toronto Ward 30, represented by Toronto city councillor Paula Fletcher. Federally it is represented by Craig Scott (Craig Scott (politician)) of the NDP (New Democratic Party of Canada). Provincially, the riding was known as Riverdale from the 1914 Ontario provincial election (Ontario general election, 1914) until the 1999 Ontario provincial election (Ontario general election, 1999) when the number of provincial ridings were reduced and given the same borders and names as federal ridings, in this case Broadview—Greenwood and, more recently, Toronto—Danforth. In all its guises it has elected a New Democrat in every election since 1963. In 1964 a by-election set the model for future NDP campaigns. Under the campaign management of Gerald Caplan, Stephen Lewis, and Marjorie Pinney the NDP canvassed every household three times, identified all their supporters, and then they got out the vote (Get out the vote). This strategy is also known as PIG (PIG (elections)), ''Persuade, Identify, Get out the vote''. Lawyer James Renwick (James Alexander Renwick) won with 7,287 votes compared to 5,774 votes for the Conservatives and 5,771 votes for the Liberals. Federal politics Federally the riding, known for many years as Broadview (Broadview (electoral district)) and then Broadview—Greenwood (Toronto—Danforth), has been represented by New Democrats from 1962 (the first federal election after the party was formed) until 1988, when Liberal (Liberal Party of Canada) Dennis Mills won the seat. Mills held the riding until 2004, when NDP (New Democratic Party of Canada) leader Jack Layton won the seat. Notable roads *Don Valley Parkway *Broadview Avenue *De Grassi Street *Eastern Avenue (Eastern Avenue (Toronto)) *Dundas Street (Dundas Street (Toronto)) East *Gerrard Street (Gerrard Street (Toronto)) East *Danforth Avenue Notable people The '''Toronto Jail''' (more commonly known as '''The Don''', or '''The Don Jail''') is a provincial jail for remand (Detention of suspects)ed offenders in the city of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is located in the Riverdale (Riverdale, Toronto) neighbourhood on Gerrard Street East (Gerrard Street (Toronto)) near its intersection with Broadview Avenue. It gets its nickname from the nearby Don River (Don River (Toronto)). One reason for the popular use of "The Don" nickname is that this jail was the third or fourth to be known as the '''Toronto Jail'''. The Toronto Central Prison was also colloquially known as the Toronto Jail, as were the King Street Gaols (King Street Gaol (1827)). Ironically, The Don is the only jail to have been officially designated the Toronto Jail, yet has rarely been referred to as such outside official circles. The original Don Gaol building closed in 1977 and is now owned by Bridgepoint Health which has begun renovation of the building as a new administration building scheduled to open in spring 2013. http: www.bridgepointhealth.ca newhospital The adjoining Toronto Jail building will remain operational until a new facility, the Toronto South Detention Centre is completed on the site of the current Mimico Correctional Centre. Infrastructure Ontario Media ReleaseDetention Centre Project Attracts Industry Interest, September 9, 2008 North Regent Park Moss Park Corktown East Riverdale (Riverdale, Toronto) West Don Lands South East Bayfront District *'''keep''' please this is not roadcruft Yuckfoo (User:Yuckfoo) 07:33, 16 September 2005 (UTC) *'''Delete''', lousy Riverdale (Riverdale (Archie Comics)) punks! If this is is important to Riverdale (Riverdale, Toronto) put it in that article, don't create a substandard, non-expandable article. Just create a section in Riverdale, Toronto called transportation or traffic pattern or something and discuss there. This roadcruft is just fragmenting relevant discussion into odd bits of info here and there. --maclean25 (User:Maclean25) 03:14, 18 September 2005 (UTC) *'''Keep'''-- despite what you Killjoys want....Lots of cultural signifigance; Chinatown, Don Jail, Riverdale Park, TTC Subway, TTC Streetcars, Don Mills Road's early route.... (Unsigned comment by Bacl-presby (User:Bacl-presby)) *'''keep''' please this is not roadcruft Yuckfoo (User:Yuckfoo) 07:33, 16 September 2005 (UTC) *'''Delete''', lousy Riverdale (Riverdale (Archie Comics)) punks! If this is is important to Riverdale (Riverdale, Toronto) put it in that article, don't create a substandard, non-expandable article. Just create a section in Riverdale, Toronto called transportation or traffic pattern or something and discuss there. This roadcruft is just fragmenting relevant discussion into odd bits of info here and there. --maclean25 (User:Maclean25) 03:14, 18 September 2005 (UTC) *'''Keep'''-- despite what you Killjoys want....Lots of cultural signifigance; Chinatown, Don Jail, Riverdale Park, TTC Subway, TTC Streetcars, Don Mills Road's early route.... (Unsigned comment by Bacl-presby (User:Bacl-presby)) In 1945, Saunders attempted to win the Progressive Conservative (Progressive Conservative Party of Canada) nomination for Riverdale (Riverdale, Toronto), but he lost narrowly to his fellow Ward 1 alderman Gordon Millen. Saunders then tried to win election to the Board of Control (Toronto Board of Control). He received no major newspaper endorsements and in both the 1945 (Toronto municipal election, 1945) and 1946 elections (Toronto municipal election, 1946) failed to win a seat. In 1947 he won back his old seat on city council he served there for two years before trying again for the Board of Control. In the 1949 election (Toronto municipal election, 1949) he was endorsed by all three daily papers and won a seat on the Board.


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District The southern part of South Riverdale, just north of the Port Lands, is what's called the '''Studio District'''. Industrial warehouses along Lakeshore Avenue house production studios and many people working in film and television live in the old Victorians found along the area's side streets. Carlaw and Queen has become an arts hub, with many artists choosing to run their studios from the various work-live lofts. Blake-Jones '''Blake-Jones''' is a section of tree-lined streets


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the area and according to Toronto's Official Plan, are to be preserved as an area of green space in the years to come. Schools * Riverdale Collegiate Institute is the neighbourhood's local high-school. * '''Earl Grey Senior Public School''' is the area's local middle school, grade 7-8. * '''Quest Alternative School''' http: www.tdsb.on.ca SchoolWeb _site viewitem.asp?siteid 10056&pageid 7556&menuid 8633 is the area's original alternative middle school, and one

of the first in Toronto. Consisting of 68 students and 4 staff, Quest celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2008. The school's motto is: "Structure to learn and freedom to grow", and its focus is on student-centered learning and diverse curriculum. * '''East Alternative School of Toronto''' http: www.tdsb.on.ca MOSS asp_apps school_landing_page index.asp?schno 5290 is another local alternative middle school, specializing in social justice and visual arts. It also

has 68 students and accepts students from all over Toronto. * '''Withrow Avenue Junior Public School''', '''Jackman Avenue Junior Public School''', ref name 14 09 11>


independent school

14 09 11 are the three local junior public schools in North Riverdale. * '''Holy Name Catholic School''' is overseen by the Toronto Catholic District School Board and teaches grades K - 8. * '''Montcrest School''' is located on Montcrest Boulevard and several houses on Broadview Avenue just north of Riverdale Park. Montcrest School has classes from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8, Montcrest school is also an independent school who has been in operation


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The '''Toronto Jail''' (more commonly known as '''The Don''', or '''The Don Jail''') is a provincial jail for remand (Detention of suspects)ed offenders in the city of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is located in the Riverdale (Riverdale, Toronto) neighbourhood on Gerrard Street East (Gerrard Street (Toronto)) near its intersection with Broadview Avenue. It gets its nickname from the nearby Don River (Don River (Toronto)). One reason for the popular use of "The Don" nickname is that this jail was the third or fourth to be known as the '''Toronto Jail'''. The Toronto Central Prison was also colloquially known as the Toronto Jail, as were the King Street Gaols (King Street Gaol (1827)). Ironically, The Don is the only jail to have been officially designated the Toronto Jail, yet has rarely been referred to as such outside official circles. The original Don Gaol building closed in 1977 and is now owned by Bridgepoint Health which has begun renovation of the building as a new administration building scheduled to open in spring 2013. http: www.bridgepointhealth.ca newhospital The adjoining Toronto Jail building will remain operational until a new facility, the Toronto South Detention Centre is completed on the site of the current Mimico Correctional Centre. Infrastructure Ontario Media ReleaseDetention Centre Project Attracts Industry Interest, September 9, 2008 North Regent Park Moss Park Corktown East Riverdale (Riverdale, Toronto) West Don Lands South East Bayfront District *'''keep''' please this is not roadcruft Yuckfoo (User:Yuckfoo) 07:33, 16 September 2005 (UTC) *'''Delete''', lousy Riverdale (Riverdale (Archie Comics)) punks! If this is is important to Riverdale (Riverdale, Toronto) put it in that article, don't create a substandard, non-expandable article. Just create a section in Riverdale, Toronto called transportation or traffic pattern or something and discuss there. This roadcruft is just fragmenting relevant discussion into odd bits of info here and there. --maclean25 (User:Maclean25) 03:14, 18 September 2005 (UTC) *'''Keep'''-- despite what you Killjoys want....Lots of cultural signifigance; Chinatown, Don Jail, Riverdale Park, TTC Subway, TTC Streetcars, Don Mills Road's early route.... (Unsigned comment by Bacl-presby (User:Bacl-presby)) *'''keep''' please this is not roadcruft Yuckfoo (User:Yuckfoo) 07:33, 16 September 2005 (UTC) *'''Delete''', lousy Riverdale (Riverdale (Archie Comics)) punks! If this is is important to Riverdale (Riverdale, Toronto) put it in that article, don't create a substandard, non-expandable article. Just create a section in Riverdale, Toronto called transportation or traffic pattern or something and discuss there. This roadcruft is just fragmenting relevant discussion into odd bits of info here and there. --maclean25 (User:Maclean25) 03:14, 18 September 2005 (UTC) *'''Keep'''-- despite what you Killjoys want....Lots of cultural signifigance; Chinatown, Don Jail, Riverdale Park, TTC Subway, TTC Streetcars, Don Mills Road's early route.... (Unsigned comment by Bacl-presby (User:Bacl-presby)) In 1945, Saunders attempted to win the Progressive Conservative (Progressive Conservative Party of Canada) nomination for Riverdale (Riverdale, Toronto), but he lost narrowly to his fellow Ward 1 alderman Gordon Millen. Saunders then tried to win election to the Board of Control (Toronto Board of Control). He received no major newspaper endorsements and in both the 1945 (Toronto municipal election, 1945) and 1946 elections (Toronto municipal election, 1946) failed to win a seat. In 1947 he won back his old seat on city council he served there for two years before trying again for the Board of Control. In the 1949 election (Toronto municipal election, 1949) he was endorsed by all three daily papers and won a seat on the Board.


emphasis

was once home to a large young population which is evident in the cluster of schools just east of Broadview Ave. Dundas Jr. Public School is the resident school for children in kindergarten through to fifth grade, after which they are transferred over to Queen Alexandra Sr. Public School which sees students through to eighth grade. It is also home First Nations School of Toronto, a cultural survival school that places heavy emphasis on aboriginal values and culture, and the current location


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Riverdale and the southern part of Broadview North. His father, Robert Allen (Robert Allen (Ontario politician)), was an alderman and then a Liberal (Ontario Liberal Party) Member of Provincial Parliament (Member of Provincial Parliament (Ontario)) representing Riverdale (Riverdale, Toronto) during the 1930s. Allen was the first Liberal to be elected to the legislature from Riverdale since Confederation in 1867. Robert Allen's father-in-law, Randall McDonnell, was the Mayor

Riverdale, Toronto

thumb View of downtown from Withrow Park (Image:Riverdale withrowparkview.jpg).

'''Riverdale''' is a large neighbourhood in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is bounded by the Don River Valley (Don River (Ontario)) to the west, Danforth Avenue and Greektown (Greektown (Toronto)) to the north, Jones Avenue, the CN (Canadian National) GO (GO Transit) tracks, Leslieville to the east, and Lake Shore Boulevard to the south.

The popular teen drama shows The Kids of Degrassi Street, Degrassi Junior High, Degrassi High, and Degrassi: The Next Generation are named after the South Riverdale street of the same name (De Grassi Street).

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