The Evolution of Downtown TO

This week: a St. Clair drive and a Junction walk.

But first, about last week:

We had two interesting downtown destinations last Sunday. But it was a mighty cold day and I was the only one wearing long johns. People got chilly, and a few had to get home and get warm! Still, it was a very interesting walk.

From the Y, we headed downtown, passing some interesting public sculpture and more, to arrive at Brookfield Place. We missed the Snowfall installation but will go again next year, I promise! If you want a little teaser, have a look here, as we went a couple of years ago, and really enjoyed it. (Only two sizes of snowflakes, back then. Now, there are three.)

After our quick Brookfield visit (only briefly seeing the “light curtain,” a pretty, lofty installation likely best viewed at night), two of us (remaining hardy souls!) walked over to the new court house construction area (north and west of City Hall, on Armoury) to see the construction hoardings for the new court house site. I know: that sounds rather… uninteresting! But the hoardings actually contain a wonderful city photo and text installation called Picturing the Ward. It was amazing to see, read about, and consider the origins of downtown Toronto, an early commercial and residential immigrant area. The stories of many early Torontonian families, from all over the world, are presented with such kindness. We really enjoyed this very engaging exhibit.

Online, you can find The Ward Museum, a virtual museum, organized to pay tribute to and record the history of this part of town. I highly recommend that you visit (online, and the hoardings, too).

And we will return. Since only two of us made it there, and other walkers have expressed interest, we’ll head back over there some spring day. Hope you’ll join us then.

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THIS WEEK,
Sunday, January 15, 2017
:

Bring transit fare! We’ll meet at the Y at 9:00 a.m. and take TTC up to St. Clair. Heading west, we’ll travel on the streetcar to its end at Gunn’s Loop and then walk home via The Junction, on Dundas West. There will be various places to stop, and various times when, should your schedule require it, you can grab transit again to get home.

I plan a brief stop for cheese pastizzi at Malta Bake Shop. Join me! (You won’t regret it!). Then we can wind our way home along Dundas and Bloor, depending on what appeals. It’s a neighbourhood full of history, homes, shops, galleries and more. Milder temperature is in the forecast. (But you still may want those long johns!)

Coming right up:

Great walks! A few terrific destinations, just ahead: Winter Stations, and more. You don’t want to miss that!

See you soon!

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