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It’s a long-standing rivalry among Toronto residents. Which do you prefer – the West End of the East End? Urban Capital tried to get to the bottom of the issue this week at their sales centre for River City Phase 3.

They invited four prominent Torontonians to defend their favourite half of the city and the debate did not disappoint. Dubbed “an intelligent discussion on a not so important topic,” the talk was moderated by BlogTO’s editor-in-chief Derek Flack.

Jeffery Remedios, who heads music label Arts & Crafts, may have grown up in Scarborough, but he’s called Trinity Bellwoods home more recently. He and Roz Weston, a Parkdale resident and radio host at Kiss 92 FM, were there to argue the case for “West is best.” Jennifer Valentyne, a Beach resident and host on City TV’s Breakfast Television, and Michael Hollett, the co-founder and an editor of NOW Magazine and a Riverdale resident, were on team East.

The East End clearly had the hometown town advantage with the audience often siding with claims that it was less crowded, more affordable and had more potential than the already-discovered West End. Still, the West Enders made some hard-to-beat arguments championing the night life, restaurants and tight-knit neighbourhoods of their preferred region.

Take a look at our pics of the event at the sales centre at 51 Trolley Crescent:

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Food trucks Gourmet Gringos and Gourmet Bitches were both on hand.

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Left Field Brewery, coming soon to the East End, provided craft beer to event-goers.

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(Left to right) Derek Flack, Jeffrey Remedios, Roz Weston, Jennifer Valentyne and Michael Hollett.

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Every seat was taken!

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It’s hard to say whether any of the attendees changed their mind about which side of the city they prefer, but it’s clear that the downtown eastside has plenty of appeal. River City 3, the latest project by Urban Capital Property Group and Waterfront Toronto is set to rise from Lower River Street and will have easy access to transit, the waterfront and new parks such as Corktown Common.

The 29-storey tower features a wide range of suites, sized from studio units to 3.5 bedroom condos.

For more information about River City 3 contact 416 862 0505.

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