THE ‘NEW BROADVIEW HOTEL’ & JILLY’S STRIP-CLUB ARE METAMORPHOSING INTO A BOUTIQUE HOTEL

Streetcar Developments bought the 123-year-old New Broadview last year and is now gutting the building and turning it into a boutique hotel. It will join the Drake, Winchester and Gladstone on the list of TORONTO’s small gentrified brick hotels, saved from the wrecker’s ball, and now neighbourhood landmarks.
Queen Street East at Broadview Avenue in Riverside.

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‘COURAGE’ – SOME WORDS OF COMFORT FROM THE CORNER STORE, COLLEGE STREET @ HURON

candle11Written on the corner store wall, ‘Courage’ by Daisaku Ikeda.  With a federal election approaching, some words of comfort from the neighbourhood corner store.  Painted by Sung Eun Kim and Chanyoung Park it says  “Rather than lift your voice in a thousand laments at the encroaching darkness, light a single candle!”

DOWNTOWN TORONTO’S ‘WAR’ ON SURFACE CAR PARKS BEGAN IN THE 1970’S

PARKINGLOTS2Coming out of the 1960’s when tearing stuff down to make way for the automobile was considered progress, our city centre was littered with surface car parks. But eventually wiser heads prevailed, and now all but a couple of them are gone, converted into parks and development with below-grade parking.  <PHOTO ABOVE – St. Lawrence Market neighbourhood, ca1970> – all of these parking lots have been developed and a triangular-shaped Berczy Park with fountains was created behind the Flatiron Building.  A change for the better in the oldest part of the city.

PARKINGLOTS1<PHOTO ABOVE – shadow of the CN Tower crosses acres of surface car parks on the south side of King & Wellington Streets.  They’ve been replaced by David Pecaut Square, the Metro Hall complex, the Ritz Carlton Hotel, and the Royal Bank of Canada tower>  City of Toronto Archives – photos