The Fashion District is in area in Toronto around the intersection of Queen Street and Spadina Avenue. It was once the center of Toronto’s textile industry; however, the jobs have long since left for cheaper places. These days the area is pretty much entirely gentrified and is losing its hipsters to up-and-coming neighborhoods with fewer Starbucks’ and lower rents further west such as West Queen West and Parkdale.
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The neighborhood is centered along Queen Street running from University Avenue to Bathurst Street. The section of Queen from University to Spadina has become something of an open air Eaton Centre with chain clothing stores such as Roots and The Gap dominating; despite this, there are still enough diverse restaurants and quirky independent shops to make this section of Queen a worthwhile visit. The stretch of Queen from Spadina to Bathurst is quite another story; the area immediately west of Spadina still contains the remnants of the textile industry: a great many fabric shops. There is also a bit of encroachment on the part of the chain stores with both Urban Outfitters and American Apparel on this side of Spadina. Further west towards Bathurst, Queen starts to feel more like a residential neighborhood, with a few cafes and grocery stores.
This stretch is due to undergo significant revitalization, as a large parking lot at the corner of Portland Street is being developed into a mix of retail and residential units and a burned-out stretch of street further west is rebuilt in the spirit of what was lost.