SOMETHING OLD AND SOMETHING BRAND NEW IN THE ST. CLAIR/YONGE NEIGHBOURHOOD

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Something old – the wonderful Hollywood Cinema on Yonge Street north of St. Clair. Photo was taken in June, 1974. Sadly it’s been demolished.  Black and white photo, lining up for “Mary Poppins” – 1964

PHLEGM1Something new – it’s the first sign of redevelopment in the St. Clair/Yonge Street neighbourhood.  PHLEGM, a well-known artist in the United Kingdom has just finished a massive 8-storey mural on the side of the Padula Building.

PHLEGM2From a distance it’s a human figure, but up close “it’s a metaphor for the city itself, a living, breathing organism,” says organizer Alexis Kane-Speer. The mural is made up of hundreds of TORONTO landmarks, including the Royal Ontario Museum, the CN Tower, St. Lawrence Market and the ravine system.

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