The C-Section

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Community Spotlight: the C-Section

The C-Section is one of the smallest in Bramalea. The area has three main, but separate, groupings of houses – each with one specific type of house – detached houses on the west side, semi-detached houses on the east half, and townhouses in the northeast corner. This layout differs from other adjacent letter sections, where detached and semi-detached houses are intermixed on the same street.

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An overview of past plans/maps for the C-Section show that the area was pretty much built as planned, with 3 churches and 3 schools – including one public, one catholic and Bramalea Secondary School. There is a small stretch of Clark Boulevard which runs parallel to the current alignment and is used to access the north ends of Crawley Boulevard and Cloverdale Drive. I presume this was the original roadway – especially with the 1960s-era street lights – and the current thoroughfare was built slightly north. Does anyone know why this was done? The thick black lined road shown on the map below was not built as such – instead, Clark Boulevard now runs out to Bramalea Road, and beyond.

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Most letter sections have at least one shopping area (usually a strip mall), but since much of the C-Section is located just south of the City Centre area it was not necessary to build one.

An undated map I came upon appears below, and shows the A, B and C-Sections. The townhouses in the C-Section were not built when this map was made. It appears as though the map shows a bit of what was built and what was proposed, as the two apartment buildings on Balmoral Drive and Bramalea Road, built around 1964, have different footprints.

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The northwest corner of the area is the location of a cluster of townhouses. The same plans were built in 3 areas of Bramalea, including the D and F-Sections. This particular enclave was called Clark Square. The plans can be found at this posting: Bramalea Townhouses. Adjacent to that area is the Twingate neighbourhood, highlighted in this posting: Twingate. The other neighbourhood in the area is Bramalea on the Park filling out the entire west side. I do not have any of the floor plans for that area – but would love to add them to this blog if anyone has them!

The Bramalea on the Park neighbourhood was built as an expensive area with larger houses, although smaller than those in Bramalea Woods, which also have larger lot sizes. According to early advertising, it was the first time in Canada that the “cluster concept” was used, where 80% of the houses in the area backed on to park land. This is done through a street design with a series of cul-de-sacs poking into parkland.

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Portion of map showing the cluster layout in the area.

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Toronto Daily Star, September 26 1964

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Zoomed portion of the above article.

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Bramalea Guardian, October 15, 1964.

Below is an article from the Bramalea Guardian in 1964 which refers to expensive areas such as the Bramalea on the Park as “snob row”.

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Below is an advertisement from the Toronto Daily Star on June 10, 1967. The statement at the top of the page makes it very clear who the target demographic was for the area.

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A handful of builders constructed houses in Bramalea on the Park, including the one described in this article below. One of the reasons that Bramalea Consolidated Developments took more control of home building in Bramalea was because of difficulties with some of the many builders involved in the first phases of the city.

66apr5Toronto Daily Star, April 5, 1966

While Bramalea Woods is still referred to by its original name, few people would still refer to the western part of the C-Section as Bramalea on the Park. Even so, it still appears to have a certain cache with higher resale prices for houses.

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7 thoughts on “The C-Section

  1. You are right. That small section is the original piece of Clark Blvd. The rest of the original is part of the current four lane roadway.

    If I remember correctly, the changes to Clark were made in an effort to control traffic flow resulting from the City Centre.
    Which, besides installing the traffic lights at Central Park, also took the traffic away from Clark Blvd Public School.
    At the same time, the small boulevard was installed just south of the apartments on Braemar making it one way north..

    • Yes my understanding as well was that they set this road way up so the C section streets would not become drive through areas to get to the mall. Originally you could turn on to the streets I believe then they closed it off so that you could exit on to Clark but not enter onto the side streets from Clark.

  2. Thanks for a great article. We moved onto Cunningham Crt in 1968 and Mom still lives there. She has the builder’s brochures with floor plans and I’ll send them to you when I’m back visiting.

    The small stretch of Clark Blvd was the original road, which I believe originally only ran from Dixie to Bramalea Rds. when the City Centre land was still corn fields. Extensions west of Dixie & east of Bramalea happened in the 1970’s.

  3. My Uncle George McDonald(Chiltern Ct) in approx.1970,petitioned to have the Roadway from side of Clark Public School to meet up with Cloverdale as a Traffic Control method.When we moved there,to Crawley Drive ,The Bramalea City Centre was a strip Mall but was growing and our quiet family area was getting dangerous for the children.We had to go all away down Bramalea Rd. around to Balmoral to get back up to Crawley !

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  4. Love this blog.You are correct about Clark,it was a two lane between Bramalea rd and Dixie rd.Once the mall was up and running they changed it to prevent Crawley from becoming a busy street.About the old lights they are standing for now but were replaced by modern lights last summer and fall,they taller and brighter.The old ones will com out this spring apparently.Grew up on Cunningham ct.My mom is still there and the only original resident.

  5. I just bought a house in the C Section and I absolutely love learning about the history of my new neighbourhood. Thanks so much for this wonderful blog! I will contribute any floor plans or anything else that may be of interest as I come across them.

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