The Annex, like so many Toronto neighbourhoods, is a very different place than it was a couple decades ago. Beyond the updated mural at Lee's Palace
, the rise of corporate chains
, and the recent loss of Sonic Boom
, the place has undergone subtle shifts over the years -- some for the better and some for the worse. It's hard not to miss some of the old places even as it's imprudent to groan about the putative loss of authenticity tied to a more bohemian past.
Growing up, I never actually had an Annex address, but I spent every weekend there once I hit 16 and became friends with a group of neighbourhood kids. As much as North Toronto was where I spent my youth
, it was the Annex that captured my heart when I was old enough to choose where I spent my time.
Here are 10 signs you grew up in the Annex.