Yonge and Dundas Historical

A visual history of Yonge and Dundas

The intersection of Yonge and Dundas is probably one of the most fascinating to track over the years. Always a place bustling with activity, it was already adorned with prominent billboards back in the 1920s. My memories of the area start in the mid 80s when it was much seedier than it is today, but considerably more interesting. Although it lacked as many outlandish ads -- something which I have to admit I almost like, if only from a photographic standpoint -- there just seemed to be a greater vibrancy back then.

The contemporary iteration of Yonge and Dundas has had its fair share of detractors, but even as the area has been cleaned up and become more and more corporate, it manages to modestly live up its designation as "the heart of the city."

Here's a brief survey of its many faces over the years.

1920s

Northwest corner

Yonge and Dundas


Looking north on Yonge

Yonge and Dundas


1960s

Northeast corner

Yonge and Dundas


1970s

Looking south on Yonge

Yonge and Dundas


1980s

Looking north on Yonge

Yonge and Dundas 1980s


Today

From above

Yonge and Dundas


Northwest corner

Yonge Dundas


Northeast corner (introduction of scramble crossing)

Yonge and Dundas


Spiderman!

Yonge and Dundas


Do you have images of Yonge and Dundas over the years? I'd love to fill out the decades, so let me know in the comments.

Black and white historical photos from the Toronto Archives. Photo looking south in the 70s via Damon Schreiber, looking north in the 80s by visual guy, aerial image by Duke 360, scramble crossing by Roger Cullman and spiderman drawing by Sam Javanrouh.


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