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A 1990s Toronto photo extravaganza

Posted by Chris Bateman / December 20, 2014

toronto 1990sFrom our vantage point in 2014, the Toronto of the 1990s looks like a weird place. An alternative title for this post could have been "I can't believe it's Toronto" such is the level of disorientation several of these images create. Take the picture above, for example. It looks southeast during construction at Roundhouse Park on Bremner Blvd., but it could easily pass New York, Las Vegas, or anywhere, really.

The image below is another example. Taken before construction of Metro Hall, it shows the block of King St. where the Princess of Wales Theatre would soon appear. Before it was a surface parking lot, the block in the foreground was home to a massive Canadian Pacific freight yard. Trains could, until the late 1980s, penetrate as far into downtown as King and Simcoe.

Here's a look back what the rest of downtown Toronto looked like in the 1990s.

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The gifts of holidays past in Toronto

Posted by Chris Bateman / December 20, 2014

vintage holiday gifts torontoIt's Christmas roughly 50 years ago, and you're shopping for gifts for your family. As always, Eaton's is a great place to start. That year, the department store chain, which was headquartered at Queen and Yonge, filled the newspapers with multi-page spreads advertising everything from winter tires to dolls. Maybe you'll get a Baby Pattaburp for the girl, or perhaps some rainbow binoculars for the boy.

Here's a look at what was on offer 50 years ago this Christmas.

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10 events that helped shape Toronto

Posted by Chris Bateman / December 19, 2014

g20 torontoDuring more than 220 years of growth from a little garrison town into a full-fledged megacity of skyscrapers, subways, and highways, the people of Toronto have witnessed numerous events that have profoundly shaped the city we know today. From wild storms and political movements to planning decisions and infrastructure projects, here are 10 events that helped shape Toronto.

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Fashion & Style

Iconic Queen East furniture shop to close after 50 years

Posted by Chris Bateman / December 18, 2014

Marty MillionaireMarty Millionaire, the sprawling, 2,800 sq. m. vintage furniture store at Queen and Parliament, will close its doors next summer after almost 50 years in business.

Brothers and co-owners Marty and Norm, who prefer not to use a last name, are selling the building and are likely calling it quits. A sign was placed in the window earlier this week announcing "everything must go."

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10 quirky things you didn't know about Yorkville

Posted by Chris Bateman / December 17, 2014

toronto yorkvilleNo neighbourhood in Toronto has undergone a more seismic aesthetic and ideological shift as Yorkville over the the last 50 years. What started as an independent, working class village north of Toronto became Canada's Greenwich Village, a mecca for hippies and alternative lifestyles in the 1960s. A few decades later, the bare feet and cafes had been replaced by designer clothing stores and high-end hotels.

Here are 10 quirky things you didn't know about Yorkville.

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TTC finally expands scope of credit and debit sales

Posted by Chris Bateman / December 16, 2014

toronto ttcThe TTC will soon accept credit and debit cards at subway fare booths for sets of 10 tokens or more, the transit commission has announced. It was reported earlier that payments over $10 would be accepted, but that appears not to be the case.

Right now, credit and debit cards are only accepted for weekly or monthly passes. Under the new rules, riders will be able to purchase day passes and tokens in quantities of 10, 20, or 50 with a Mastercard, Visa, American Express, or Interac card.

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