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Learn About ForWard 9 Co-op

How did the co-op begin?

ForWard 9 was legally established in 1972 by a group of 12 people concerned about the area’s skyrocketing rents and the increase in absentee landlords. The threat of an expressway expansion and high rise development was also considered serious. Today, several of the ForWard 9 buildings still sit in areas that were once proposed sites for expressway growth or high rise apartment complexes. The name ForWard 9 refers to the original name of the Toronto Ward we are situated in, which is now Ward 32.

Life in Ward 32

The Beaches area of Ward 32 contains one of Toronto residents’ favourite lakefront playgrounds. The boardwalk joins Balmy Beach, Kew Beach, Woodbine Beach and Ashbridges Bay together in a continuous expanse of sand and water. In the summer the beaches are filled with swimmers, sailors, joggers, windsurfers, and sun-bathers. Winter is less hectic and for many Beaches residents is their favourite season–the time for a quiet stroll along the boardwalk, or window shopping and a bite to eat from the perennially-interesting shops and restaurants along Queen Street East. Danforth Avenue forms the northern perimeter of Ward 32 and provides ForWard Nine Co-operative members in the “north Beaches” area with all the necessary shopping conveniences and personal services. All ForWard Nine properties are located within walking distance of schools, churches, libraries, shopping, recreation, and the TTC. The area also includes services such as good day-care centres and Senior Link, an organization of interest to seniors.

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