By Frederick H. Armstrong
A urban within the Making examines certian of the occasions that happened within the 19th century Toronto, paying specific cognizance to people who carved a thriving city out of the frontier put up that was once town of York. (1989)
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Throughout its rise to the status of metropolis of the nation, Toronto has played a key role in Canadian history. However, despite all the research that has been done on its evolution, there is still disagreement over such basic questions as which events and eras represented turning points in the city's development. An extended, comprehensive history of Toronto is still well in the future; what is needed first are detailed studies of many important segments of the city's past. Through such studies the crucial changes will be more clearly pinpointed and the major trends arranged in connected sequence.
Though Toronto was not to become an important manufacturing city for some years yet, sufficient progress had been made by the time of incorporation that the city had already entered the second phase of metropolitan development. Firms had been established which were to play a major role in the city's history and the larger industries had expanded beyond local-service requirements and were aiming at dominating the immediate hinterland. Some of these factories were located in the centre of Toronto's downtown area but others, including many varieties of mills, spread along the Don and Humber rivers.
On a more limited basis, the Courier had subscribers in the Gore, London and Western districts—what is today Southwestern Ontario and the Niagara Peninsula. This was almost the exact area where the commercial houses of the provincial capital circulated their advertisements and may well represent the limit of influence of most Toronto journals. In addition to the development of commercial enterprises, there is another aspect of Gras's first stage of development—the organization of public services to handle the needs of the growing population.