It was developed in the 1950s by Rex Heslop, for whom it is named.
Recently, Gun violence and gangs have scarred the community, most recently in a shooting this summer that interrupted a four-year-old's birthday party. Four men were wounded.
Hipsters from downtown will tell you the area is predominantly black (and therefor dangerous, because they're a pack of racist assclowns), when in reality, the area is generally a mix of Canadian citizens and immigrants from Italy, Eastern Europe, Africa, the Caribbean and India. The area is poor, yes, but frankly, I'd much rather deal with the "gangstas" from the Rex than the pretentious fucks from Wood-a-bridge.
East York kid: "No dude... I was there. That never happened."
Thornhill kid: "STFU, those niggahs gonna pay!"
East York kid: "... *sigh*"
2) "President Bush announced plans to Rexdale the people of Iraq for their oil today."
To top it off, two of my cousins are in a street gang, so I worry about them as well. I used to enjoy coming down there as a kid, but now that I see it for what it is, it's sort of depressing. While I'm playing computer games, and trying to find a part time job, they're out robbing stores, and getting into gang fights.