Regarded as an elite residential suburb back in the late 1800's and was once Toronto's wealthiest district resulted in making Parkdale as the most diverse demographic in Toronto. It mixes Victorian mansions to high rise low rent apartments. Parkdale was recently awarded with the best neighborhood watch group given by the International Society of Crime Prevention.Queen Street, the main shopping area is in a state of non-stop activity. It offers a variety of shops and restaurants. North of Parkdale is the Roncesvalles Village shopping district which is the cultural center of Toronto's Polish community. You can find a wide range of food markets, restaurants and delis in the area. Highly acclaimed schools such as Parkdale Collegiate is found on Queen Street West.Parkdale is conveniently placed within minutes from High Park which is one of the best recreational places around. Street cars connect Parkdale to downtown through Queen Street, King Street, Dundas Street, Roncesvalles Avenue and Macdonnell Avenue.