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May 22, 2011

Welcome to King City Nova

The VILLAGE NORTH                                                                                       
All photos by BarrytheBirder
King City is about 200 years old.   Before is became King City it was called Springhill.   Before that it was  a spot on a map at the intersection of the 4th Concession and the 14th Sideroad of King Township.    In the grand scheme of things, not much has ever happened in King City.   Despite its close proximity to a world-class city like Toronto and its 200 years of existence, there are only about 5,000 people living here.   Over the years the village did change however.   In the early 1800s, King City saw tens of thousands of acres of forest cut down to make way for tens of thousands of acres of farmland.   In the second half of the 1800s, the arrival of steam trains changed the village forever.   In the early 1900s, electricity, gasoline engines and more modern mechanization and communication changed the village forever.   At the start of the second half of the 1900s, subdivision housing changed the face of King City forever.   Midway through the second half of the 1900s, the village was "raped", when regional governement forced 4-lane commuter traffic through King City's main thoroughfares.   Hundreds of magnificent Maple Trees (many of them a century old) were destroyed.   Oldtimers, and many not-so-old, thought the old King City was lost forever.   At the end of the century and now into the 2000s, King City is no longer in run by local citizens and  politicians.   Our developement fate, or lack thereof, is know in the hands of regional and provincial politicians and technocrats.   This means the King City is about to double its size and poplulation, which will happen, in a comparative historical sense, in the blink of an eye.   King City will change forever.   Some will loathe the change, others will welcome it.   All will witness it  and learn to live with it, as long as they remain here.   Sadly, some have already left.   It is the way of the world.   I will fondly remember the old King City and do my best, to make the best, of King City Nova.
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