Scarborough Junction, though located at the key intersection of Kennedy Rd & St Clair Ave E & Danforth Rd, is actually named for the junction of two early railways: the Grand Trunk and the Toronto-Nippising. By the late 1800s, Scarborough Junction the population centre of the Township of Scarborough. In the post World War II period, the community quickly became urbanized to the northeast of the original junction, with tracts of housing replacing rows of crops on area farms.
Toronto Transit bus routes along Kennedy, Midland, McCowan and Bellamy connect passengers to stations on the Scarborough Rapid Transit and the Bloor-Danforth subway lines, and buses along Eglinton Avenue and St Clair connect direct with the Bloor-Danforth subway. There are three GO Train stations to Union Station, with Kennedy Station on the Uxbridge-Union Station line, and the Eglinton and Scarborough Stations on the Oshawa-Toronto-Hamilton line, which get commuters into downtown in 20 minutes.
The community is served by 4 elementary schools, 2 catholic elementary schools, 2 high schools, and 2 public libraries. Centennial College's Warden Woods Campus is west (at Warden & Danforth), University of Toronto is easily accessible via the Bloor-Danforth subway, and Ryerson University is quickly accessible by GO Train.
The community a diverse shopping area along Eglinton Avenue, with some shopping clusters at major intersections along Danforth and Kingston. Large malls are not far to the west along Eglinton.
The community has a number of small parks alongside the rail/industrial areas, and is not far from Warden Woods Park, where paved recreational pathways extend west into the Don River Valley. There are 2 indoor pools, 1 ice arena, 2 running tracks, and a number of tennis courts, baseball diamonds and playgrounds in the community.
The area south of Eglinton has older homes dating to the 1940s and 50s, with a mix of bungalows, 1-1/2 storey and semi-detached houses. The area north of Eglinton is slightly newer, with larger homes from the 1950s and 60s. The community also has a mix of rental apartments mostly along Eglinton and Danforth, and some rent-to-income subsidized Metro Housing Authority units. Homes in this neighbourhood are in the low to low-medium price ranges.