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What are the east vs. west boundaries of Toronto?

You wouldn't think there'd be a debate but there are quite a few opinions on what marks the dividing line between Toronto's east and west side. The results from an impromptu poll of our Twitter followers highlights both the confusion and passion that underwrites these discussions.

Someone will tell you that "everyone knows Yonge St. acts as the dividing line" while others might suggest Spadina or the Don Valley is the obvious answer.

For my part, I've always adopted the latter suggestion with the proviso that there's a centre area in Toronto that's neither the east nor the west side. Call it "downtown" or "central Toronto" (no one seems to use this expression, though), but Bay St. doesn't feel like the west side any more than Church St. seems like the east.

Making a steadfast distinction between east and west in Toronto is also complicated by the fact that there isn't widespread agreement on the boundaries between downtown, midtown, and uptown. In some sense, the right answer is the one that a person can argue for most convincingly. Perhaps that's the way it should be.

Here's a round-up of suggestions from our Twitter followers on what marks the boundaries between the east and west side.

What do you think are the boundaries between Toronto's east and west side? Let us know in the comments.


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