Old East Commercial Corridor Then & Now GIS Visualization

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The area of study for this project is a district of the city of London, Ontario, now know as Old East Village (OEV.)  OEV has a vibrant history spanning over 130 years. Originally, incorporated in 1874 as London East, the area was an industrial community that had its origins in a foundry established in 1856 by Murray Anderson, London's first mayor. Imperial Oil was founded here in 1880 which ignited the development of the early refinery industry, the establishment of the railways and subsequent related industries. London East became an economic engine for the city of London.  It was amalgamated into the city of London in 1885, but OEV still retains an independent nature and a strong sense of community as a neighbourhood.  As such OEV has received much planning attention and study from groups such at the Old East Village Community Association, Old East Village Business Improvement Area, City of London, Planners Action Team, Ontaio Professional Planners Institute, Nexus Architects, and individuals such as Michael Evens and Virginia Sauvé. The research and studies resulted in the Old East Heritage Conservation District Conservation and Design Guidelines.

This project, researched and created by Heather Rivet and Doug McGlynn (2011-12), examines the nature of change that took place along Dundas Street East from Adelaide Street to Rectory Street architectually, socially, and economically.  By studying the city directories, photographs, and previously published research on Dundas Street East, this projectl combines the many individual sources and present them in a way that is accessible to the general public through the internet.