FROM A PARKING LOT TO YONGE-DUNDAS SQUARE – A TORONTO SUCCESS STORY 35 YEARS ON

After a multi-level parking garage was demolished in the 1980’s, drivers took over the downtown centre of TORONTO by parking at street-level. In 1998, then-mayor BARBARA HALL and her city council approved the expropriation and demolition of a few buildings along Dundas Street East.

Yonge-Dundas Square was then built as a gift to the old city, before it was forcibly amalgamated with five suburban boroughs. <PHOTO ABOVE – the east end of what is now Yonge-Dundas Square; City of Toronto Archives, 1980’s>

Designed by Brown + Storey Architects, the square has proven to be an admirable success. It’s owned by the city, and administered by a Board of Management – the first public-private partnership in Canada to operate a public square.

<Yonge-Dundas Square in 2017>

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