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10 key Toronto intersections as they were 30 years ago

Posted by Chris Bateman / March 29, 2015

toronto history intersectionsThe last three decades (ish) have brought profound change to Toronto. Downtown, once dominated by high-rise bank towers, has expanded beyond its old borders, sprouting countless new residential and commercial towers in the process. Forlorn industrial districts, cleaned up and repurposed, have become trendy places to live and shop, and familiar neighbourhoods have been subtly tweaked as stores and businesses start up and shut down.

Everyone knows Toronto has been undergoing profound transformation the last thirty years, but these photos help underscore that fact. Here's a look back at Toronto looked like in the mid to late 1980s, give or take a few years.

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That time Toronto almost built the subway to the Lake

Posted by Chris Bateman / March 28, 2015

toronto metro centre subwayEveryone knows about the Queen Street line, Toronto's great (mostly) unbuilt subway. But not many know about the abandoned plan to extend the Yonge and University lines south to Queens Quay.

It started with Metro Centre, a joint proposal by Canadian Pacific and Canadian National railways to redevelop the sprawling tangle of surplus downtown sidings, marshalling yards, and roundhouses owned by both companies into a massive "city-within-a-city." At the time, it was the largest single improvement scheme ever conceived in North America, possibly the world.

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New 3D map makes it easier to navigate the PATH

Posted by Derek Flack / March 28, 2015

map path torontoAnyone who's ever had to travel through the PATH can attest to the fact that it's a difficult place to get one's bearings, particularly the first few times you find yourself down there. I suspect the primary culprit for this is that it's challenging to conceptualize the entire system. There are so many twists and turns that it's simply too easy to lose one's sense of direction.

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New condo hails "east core" neighbourhood in Toronto

Posted by Chris Bateman / March 27, 2015

East United condoA team of developers is hoping their 21-storey condominium and a new neighbourhood name can inject new life into a forlorn section of Parliament St. Is "East Core" a thing? Not yet, but according to press materials related to this project, the idea is that one day it might be.

If given the green light, "East United," which initially surfaced in May 2014, would stretch between Berkeley to Parliament streets on a property currently occupied by a heritage-listed former stable and a row of century-old homes. It would also be among the first major residential developments in an area dominated by gas stations, vacant lots, and car dealerships.

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The top 10 parties in Toronto for spring 2015

Posted by Sima Sahar Zerehi / March 27, 2015

power ball 2015From pop-art inspired proms to garden parties fit for Great Gatsby, these spring flings will have you dressing to the nines and hobnobbing with Toronto's fashionistas. Just remember glitz and glam doesn't come cheap, you need serious cash for admission to these parties.

Here are my picks for the top spring parties in Toronto.

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Gigantic arts hub coming to the Toronto East Waterfront

Posted by Chris Bateman / March 26, 2015

toronto daniels waterfrontThe old Guvernment and Kool Haus site on Queens Quay East is going to become a $700 million "city of the arts" by 2018, developers say. Daniels Corp., the company behind the TIFF Bell Lightbox and Daniels Spectrum in Regent Park, hopes the "Daniels Waterfront" will be an incubator for start-up businesses and artists, as well as a desirable place to live.

Announced this morning, the project will include 60,400 square metres of residential space, 26,000 sq. m. of office space, 25,000 sq. m. of retail on the site bounded by Queens Quay, Richardson, Jarvis, and Lake Shore Blvd. E. It will also include educational space for George Brown, OCAD U, and other arts-related organizations, including Artscape.

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