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The City of Toronto
Etobicoke (pronounced /ɛˈtoʊbɨkoʊ/, the last two letters are silent) is the westernmost of the six former Metropolitan Toronto boroughs before the city of Toronto was amalgamated in 1998. It is a predominantly suburban area, intersected by several major arterial highways, and home to a population of over 500,000. Most of the borough's industry is located in the northwest corner of Etobicoke, near Pearson International Airport in adjacent Mississauga.
While a majority of this enormous chunk of land is single family-homes, there are also notable enclaves of high-density high-rises apartments in the north, and low-rise apartments along Lakeshore Blvd. in the south. Other exceptions include the neighbourhood surrounding Islington subway station, at the intersection of Islington Avenue and Bloor Street which was intended as a 'downtown-west' with a transit-oriented centre integrated with a high-rise office / condo project, and plenty of street-level restaurants and shops. Continuing to the east along Bloor Street around its intersection with Royal York Road the affluent Kingsway neightbourhood is widely known for it's high concentration of high-end restaurants and boutiques. The current City-Centre-West is located at the former Etobicoke City Hall at the intersection of Burnhamthorpe Road and Highway 427, however in 2017 a design competition will be held for a new City Centre adjacent to the Kipling Subway Station at the intersection of Kipling Avenue, Bloor Street West, and Dundas Street West (the 'Six Points' Interchange).
Some other well-known and popular neighbourhoods in Etobicoke are Markland Woods, the furthest residential community along Bloor Street West, the trifecta of Mimico-New Toronto-Long Branch, which cover the entire width along Lakeshore Boulevard from the Humber River to the border with Mississauga, and Rexdale-Thistletown-West Humber which cover the entire portion north of Highway 401.
As it was formerly a separate municipality ('the City of Etobicoke'), this section of Toronto has clearly defined perimeters: the Humber River (which separates Etobicoke from Old Toronto, York and North York in the east), Etobicoke Creek / Eglinton Ave / Highway 427 (the border with Mississauga in the west), Steeles Ave (the border with York Region in the north) and Lake Ontario (in the south).


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