Today is Toronto’s 179th birthday.
The City of Toronto was incorporated on March 6, 1834, with a population of 9,254 (today’s population is 2,791,140). The city was divided into five wards: St. Patrick’s, St. George’s, St. David’s, St. Lawrence, St. Andrew’s. The boundaries of the city and liberties were the present Dufferin Street on the west, Bloor Street on the north, the Don River on the east including the area south of today’s Queen Street, east to the far side of Lot 3 (now MacLean Avenue), and the lake on the south. This map shows the area from the waterfront north to the top of the 1st concession and from Lot 1 to the Humber River.’
(From Historical Maps of Toronto)
The old Kodak lab on Ponce and Argonne is one of my favorite old buildings in Atlanta and for the first time last night I was stopped in just the right spot at the corresponding red light to take a photo. (I suppose there’s a certain amount of irony, or something, in posting the shot to Instagram.) As of last year the whole building, including the neighboring Atlanta Eagle, was for sale, but I don’t know what came of it. I live in fear of coming upon the building one day and seeing the storefront being painted over, the sign being dismantled, the block being readied for one of those parking garages Atlanta developers seem to love so well.
after returning from hawaii, i’ve had a harder time seeing the beauty in toronto. this week was so grey & so cold — i’ve been wandering around hunched, eyes down.
this was one photo i took the day after i got back.
i didnt think much of it until i looked at it now.
i love how the streetcar cable acts as a “guide” for the one-point perspective of the streetscape. i love the classic, very canadian dairy delivery van; the mismatched heights, hodpodged brick, and odd paint colour choices of dundas street west.