YONGE STREET AS IT WAS A HALF CENTURY AGO – CITY OF TORONTO ARCHIVES

YONGESTREET7TORONTO’s main street – Yonge – was the place to be back in the 1970‘s – and it still is. Since then, millions of dollars have been poured in, developers have brought with them condos and new office towers (many more on the way), and the old seediness is pretty well gone. But some of the good stuff has been lost too.  <ABOVE – the Yonge Street summertime mall>

YONGESTREET2<Playing chess on Gould Street at Yonge, around the corner from Sam the Record Man>

YONGESTREET5<The Coronet, Gerrard at Yonge, one of five cinemas in the neighbourhood>

YONGESTREET4<Bassel’s, Yonge at Gerrard, one of the better places for a sit down meal>

YONGESTREET6<In the background, world’s original Hard Rock Cafe.  It still exists.>

YONGESTREET1<Dundas Square remainder bookshop>

YONGESTREET3<A & A Books and Records, Steele’s Tavern, popular hangouts for Ryerson students>

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