Yonge Street has always been TORONTO’s heart and soul. Now, from College to Bloor – a distance of about 10 blocks – it’s become one major construction zone. Tiny Victorian-era shops are being overshadowed by construction cranes and steel, but they’re still with us.
Developers have avoided the wrath of the locals so far, by building behind or incorporating the elderly structures into their projects. How long will this last? We’ll see.
<PHOTO ABOVE – an uncovered piece of TORONTO’s past, Yonge Street at Gloucester>
<PHOTO – a tarp covers a Victorian beauty to save it from taggers – Yonge Street at Bloor>
<PHOTO – a massive site on Yonge at Grenville Street>
<PHOTO – a high rise & townhouses about to go up beside the Wellesley subway station>
<PHOTO – under the Teperman tarp the former TORONTO home of Columbia Pictures; on the right Warner Brothers, and more recently the Cell Block – a gay bar. Going, going, gone.><PHOTO – Yonge Street at Charles – this 3-storey building is being renovated and will survive>