That time when Toronto demolished the Gardiner
It has been nearly two decades since Toronto decided to knock down the Eastern Gardiner.
No, this isn't some alternate future in which city council voted to reject the $919 million "hybrid" option. I'm talking about the other Eastern Gardiner, an under-used section of the crosstown arterial that used to run east from the Don River to Leslie St.
Built in the 1960s in an era when highways were being planned throughout the city, what then became known as the Eastern Gardiner was meant to connect to another waterfront highway that would have cut northeast through Scarborough to the 401.
As it happened, the route was never built, and the elevated spur proved to be little more than a money-hungry, crumbling ramp to the Don Valley Parkway.
After years of study and several false starts, city council voted in 44-8 to tear down the 1.5-kilometre structure on June 10, 1999.
Here's what the demolition of the Gardiner looked like.
The Toronto Archives, photographer Peter MacCallum. With files from Chris Bateman.
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