The Ward was Toronto’s worst slum.
Cabbage Town (now Cabbagetown) is a Toronto neighbourhood east of the downtown core, which was settled by impoverished Irish immigrants who grew cabbages in their front yards. By the turn of the last century, it had become a working class area of small Victorian homes and townhouses. The area gradually developed into Toronto’s largest slum, and much of it was eventually razed to make way for the Regent Park housing project. But what remained was gentrified when affluent young professionals started moving in the 1970s. Restored homes there can now sell for more than $1 million.