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10 signs you grew up in Uptown Toronto

Uptown Toronto can be a difficult place to define geographically. My best effort would be to suggest that it's an amalgam of North Toronto and Lawrence Park, ending at the 401 to the north (which by virtue of the old municipal boundaries was always just North York). It was a sleepy place to grow up, even if there were still ways to get into trouble.

Here are 10 signs you grew up in Uptown Toronto.

1. You remember when the Jolly Miller Tavern was a tough-as-nails biker bar, though you never went inside because a) you were too young and b) the place was terrifying.

2. You or someone you knew worked at Sporting Life, Roots, or the Gap on Yonge St.

3. In high school, your diet consisted almost entirely of Belly Buster subs.

4. At one point or another you got drunk or high in the stands at Lawrence Park high school.

5. You learned how to drive at Howard's School of Safe Driving.

6. You've spent weeks of your life waiting for buses at Lawrence Station, which is much colder than you'd think in the bus bay.

7. Despite driving by it hundreds of times, you never ate at Trapper's Restaurant.

8. You did, however, eat a crap load of free popcorn while endlessly searching for movies you hadn't seen at Videoflicks on Avenue Rd.

9. Even 20 years ago, a visit to the Steak Pit made you feel like you had entered a time warp.

10. You remember going to the old Dip 'n Sip Donuts shop where the McDonald's currently sits at Yonge and Melrose.

What did I miss? Add your suggestions in the comments.


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