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Malvern
—  Neighbourhood  —
Looking across Markham Road
Location of Malvern (green) and Agincourt South-Malvern West (blue) within Toronto
Coordinates: 43°48′46″N 79°14′35″W / 43.81278°N 79.24306°W / 43.81278; -79.24306
Country  Canada
Province  Ontario
City Toronto Toronto
Community Scarborough
Established 1856 (Postal village)
Changed Municipality 1998 Toronto from Flag of Scarborough, Ontario.svg Scarborough
Government
 - MP Derek Lee (Scarborough—Rouge River)
 - MPP Bas Balkissoon (Scarborough—Rouge River)
 - Councillor Raymond Cho (Ward 42 Scarborough—Rouge River)

Malvern is a neighbourhood in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, with a population of 44,315.[1] It is located in the northeast corner of the city, in the district of Scarborough. Scarborough was merged with five other municipalities and a regional government to form the new City of Toronto in 1998. There are over 60 different cultures represented in Malvern, with the most dominant ethnic groups being Black Canadians (mostly Jamaican) and South Asian Canadians (mostly Sri Lankan Tamil and Pakistani). There are also a sizeable number of Filipinos, many of whom speak Tagalog, and some speak Boholano. It has the highest concentration of young people in Canada.[2]

Although Malvern has had a negative reputation as a community plagued with violence, conditions in the community have been improving following Project Impact. Hundreds of officers from the Greater Toronto Area cracked down on known associates of the "Malvern Crew" street gang in early morning raids across the city on May 12, 2004. During the raids, 71 warrants were executed resulting in the arrest of 65 people. Later raids, and the implementation of Project Pathfinder would result in arrests of the Malvern Crew's rival gang, the "Galloway Boys", in West Hill.

Other important factors that have contributed to the improvement of living conditions in the community include the major renovation of the Malvern Branch of the Toronto Public Library, the construction of new housing developments in the neighbourhood, the opening of a new park in 2004, and the opening of the Nike Malvern Sports Complex in 2006. The Toronto Zoo, the Rouge River, and the Rouge Valley Park are also located in Malvern, as was Mammoth Hall, a wooden structure that was once a municipal office, meeting hall and curling rink. Also, the Malvern Community Coalition serves as an active incorporated, non-profit, grassroots community organization which exists to promote and enhance the Malvern Community by engaging, empowering, and connecting community, organizations and institutions.[3]

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History

A map of Malvern in 1870

The history of Malvern began in 1856, when the Malvern Post Office was opened in David Brown's general store, which stood at the south-east corner of Finch Avenue and Markham Road. This post office was named after a resort town in England. A year after the post office was opened, Senator David Reesor — formerly of Markham Village — began selling "Village Lots" in Malvern. Reesor trumpeted Malvern as the future "Capital of Scarborough," anticipating that the Grand Trunk Railway would extend a branch line through here. Unfortunately, when the Grand Trunk Railway began service to this area in 1871, it bypassed Malvern in favour of the neighbouring village of Agincourt.

While Malvern never did become a prosperous railway centre, it flourished as a farming community for over one hundred years. In the late 1950s, the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation expropriated Malvern's farms to build a "model community" of affordable homes. The first residents of this modern day Malvern community moved into their homes in 1972.

The former S.S.#3 Schoolhouse, serving the Malvern area, built in 1872 stood on one acre of land purchased from George Pearson, is still standing today at 5810 Finch Avenue, and is now a private school named Whitefield Christian Academy. Other important community hubs include: the Malvern Town Centre shopping mall, the local public high school - Lester B. Pearson C.I., and the local Catholic high school - Blessed Mother Teresa C.S.S. Confusingly, the Toronto high school known as Malvern Collegiate Institute has no connection to the Malvern neighbourhood, being located many miles to the southwest in the Beaches neighbourhood.

Public transit

Malvern is served by several Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) bus routes (131 Nugget, 132 Milner, 133 Neilson, 134 Progress, 39 Finch East, 116 Morningside, 85 Sheppard East, and 102 Markham). In the 1980s, there was a plan to bring rapid transit to Malvern by extending the TTC's Scarborough Rapid Transit line, but lack of government funding prevented any extension of the line. In August 2006, city councillors representing Scarborough rallied for the expansion of the Scarborough RT, or its possible light rail replacement, to the Malvern community.

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Scarborough RT extension to Malvern

The TTC is currently carrying assessing extending the RT from McCowan to Malvern Town Centre.[4] They have also made a motion that the current study should include the addition of a station where the existing line crosses Brimley Road.[5]

In 2006, a study was completed on the prospects of this line.[6] It recommended upgrading the line to handle larger ART Mark II vehicles, at a cost of $360 millon (2006 dollars). Extending the Bloor-Danforth line (either along the current Scarborough RT route, or along a different alignment directly to Scarborough Centre) was not considered cost-effective or justifiable.

On June 15, 2007, the Ontario government had released MoveOntario 2020, a plan that would fund 52 different transit projects throughout Toronto and Hamilton for the cost of $17.5 billion, including the Scarborough RT extension to Sheppard Avenue, which would meet the proposed Sheppard East LRT line, also to be funded by MoveOntario 2020.

Scarborough Malvern LRT

The Scarborough Malvern LRT line, part of the TTC's Transit City plan, would run for 15 km, estimated to account for 14 million trips in 2021. The southern terminus of the line would be built at Kennedy Station at Kennedy Road and Eglinton Avenue, with a connection to the Bloor-Danforth subway, the Scarborough RT, and the Eglinton Crosstown LRT line. The whole line would be built within Scarborough. The line would run along Eglinton Avenue East until it reaches Kingston Road, then continues northeast until Morningside Avenue is reached, then continues north until Sheppard Avenue East, where it turns west, sharing the same tracks and stops as in the Sheppard East LRT line. Finally, the line turns north at Neilson Road, terminating at Malvern Town Centre.

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