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Yonge and Eglinton, Davisville Village

Here’s a fun read: 10 signs you grew up in Midtown Toronto

Posted by Derek Flack / JANUARY 26, 2016  on BlogTO.com    Attached Photo from the City of Toronto Archives.

Yonge and Eglinton

1. You (mistakenly) thought that everything south of Yonge and St. Clair was “downtown.”

2. You went to high school at North Toronto or Northern Secondary, but despite their close proximity, hardly knew anybody at the school you didn’t attend.

3. You bought cigarettes underage at the aptly named Midtown Coffee Shop.

4. You remember waking up at 6 a.m. to play hockey at North Toronto Memorial Arena or Leaside Gardens.

5. Before Cinnabon opened, the most exciting thing at Eglinton Station was Treats Coffee Shop.

6. You marvelled at the miniature worlds in George’s Trains on Mt. Pleasant, and dreamed of building a railway model as intricate as the one in Beetlejuice.

7. You spent hours hanging out at the Second Cup near Yonge and Roehampton underneath Vortex Records, but you rarely bought anything to eat or drink.

8. You actually watched movies at the Eglinton, the York, and the Capitol theatres.

9. You remember the PJs Pets in the Yonge-Eglinton Centre, a place you treated as a makeshift zoo, which likely traumatized the animals.

10. One of your first drinking experiences happened in Eglinton, Davisville or Oriole Park. This may or may not have involved the consumption of Labatt Maximum Ice.

I would love to see old photos of the neighbourhood and landscape prior to the condo craze – feel free to share!  Do you remember the important NIMBY (Not in My Backyard) opposition over the first twin 40+storey condo towers? (SE corner Yonge-Eglinton)? The development won, and opened the doors for more and lots more condos… how’s it impacted your feel or experience of the neighbourhood?   Christine Ng   tochristineng@gmail.com

 

Yonge and Eglinton : The Good Old Days

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