The Junction Goes from Skid Row to Hip

cntowerI've spent a lot of time in the Junction. The Junction, for you out-of-towners, is an area north of Bloor West Village by Dundas Street West and Keele. To be honest, when I was growing up, it was the smelly place thanks to the Stockyards, Canada's largest livestock market and the centre of Ontario's meat packing industry.

It was also a little sketchy. We used to joke that going north of the train tracks that run alongside Dundas Street West was literally and figuratively going to the other side of the tracks. It was a rougher patch of the city, no doubt about it, and the stores were pretty run down and shabby, especially when compared to what was happing in Bloor West Village.

Today's New York Times has a great little write up on the resurgence of The Junction. Skid Row to Hip in Toronto, it's called.

Block by block, they are transforming this stretch of Dundas Street West from a grimy skid row into a bright enclave filled with quirky bookstores, vegan restaurants and organic cafes.

But don't call it a comeback, Little Malta's been there for years.


Share this entry

Comments (9 - click here to join in!)

twins from bolton

Vesuvio's pizza still there?
BEST pizza in T.DOT.

July 8, 2009 @ 7:43 PM


Toronto Mike

And damn right it's still there. Vesuvio's is worth a trip to the Junction regardless of whether it's skid row or hip.

July 8, 2009 @ 8:20 PM

twins from bolton

Maybe worth the trip thinkin' about it.
Haven't had Vesuvio's pizza for over 25 years.
Would they deliver to Bolton??

July 8, 2009 @ 11:09 PM

Toronto Mike

They used to have the world's smallest delivery range. I remember trying to order some from downtown and getting rejected.

July 8, 2009 @ 11:14 PM

Toronto Mike

They deliver to the house I live in now, which is good, b/c it increases my property value.

July 8, 2009 @ 11:14 PM

Jason Paris

Mike,

You might be interested in Urban Toronto's 21-page "Junction" thread here:

http://www.urbantoronto.ca/showthread.php?t=5008

P.S. Feel free to cross-post!

July 9, 2009 @ 10:16 AM

Anonymous

Vesuvio's pizza is the first thing that pops to mind when I hear 'The Junction".

Six Points Apache Burger.

Bayview Satay on the Road

Former city of York Commisso Brothers & Racco.

Ok now I'm hungry

July 9, 2009 @ 5:56 PM

Horonymous

Above post is mine.

July 9, 2009 @ 6:20 PM

Leave a comment


Only 9 comments? C'mon, we can do better... Leave a comment above and let's keep this conversation going!


« Help Me Help The James Fund at SickKids - Sponsor Me A Google Operating System: A Perfect World? »