TORONTO IN THE 1980’S IS NOW HISTORY – WE’RE BIGGER, IN MANY WAYS BETTER, BUT STILL FUNKY

Although TORONTO today is in rapid change mode, there’s still plenty of old ‘funkytown’ around.  A friend from CHICAGO comes here annually for TIFF, and says she loves our parks and picket-fence neighbourhoods, non-linear streetscapes, quirky architecture, robust nightlife, and colourful populace.  Below, a few photos from the City of Toronto Archives taken about 35 years ago – before densification and sprawl really took hold.  <PHOTOS – 1) Building Roy Thomson Hall next to a vast parking lot; 2) on the Lakeshore Boulevard motel strip; 3) the police cars were yellow; 4) subway cars were red; 5) we had trolley buses;  6) the SkyDome (now the Rogers Centre) was under construction>

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