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Davenport is a neighbourhood northwest of downtown in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
It is north of the Canadian Pacific Railway tracks and Dupont Avenue and south of Davenport Road and the ridge that is the former Lake Iroquois coastline.
It's eastern boundary is Bathurst Street and it stretches west to Lansdowne Avenue.
Davenport Road follows a centuries old carrying trail the First Nations peoples used to travel the route south of the ridge.
It was also an important route by the early European settlers to the region and the area that is today Davenport became home to small farms in the early nineteenth century. One of the first settlers was Ensign John McGill, who built a home he named Davenport in 1797.
This was named after Major Davenport, another local officer, and is the origin of the area's name.
The residential areas to the north became home to the working class population that worked there, especially
Italian Canadians, who dominated the neighbourhood and the nearby Corso
Italia by the 1950s.
It today remains home to many
Italian and Portuguese residents, but since the departure of most of the factories in the 1970s and 1980s the area has been somewhat gentrified taking on some of the characteristics of nearby areas like the Annex. New townhouse developments have been built in the area replacing former factories and warehouses.