A history of developers and holdouts in Toronto

When the Imperial Oil company began assembling land for its new executive offices on St. Clair Ave. W. in 1952, it didn’t reckon... Read More

Toronto’s Art Deco legacy celebrated

Facing each other across Spadina Avenue just north of Adelaide, the Tower and Balfour Buildings frame a striking entryway into... Read More

How Exhibition Place got the retro Dufferin Gate

You can tell a lot about a place by how it greets its visitors. The goofy lights at Honest Ed’s tell customers... Read More

The modernist Bloor-Danforth line at 50

The Bloor-Danforth line turned 50 today. Five decades ago, on February 25, 1966, the first section of Toronto’s first east-west... Read More

Pour one out for the Toronto Coach Terminal

For an busy intercity transit hub in a major North American city, the Toronto Coach Terminal is a sorry sight. Marooned a significant... Read More

Toronto’s history in two buildings

Back in May and June of 2015, the Guardian newspaper ran an intriguing series on its Cities page entitled “A history of cities in 50... Read More

How the TTC lost and found its subway style

Not many people could have known that behind the advertising billboards on the platform of College station was something no-one had... Read More

How the Eaton Centre nearly wrecked Old City Hall

Ever since Toronto city council moved over the street in 1965, Toronto hasn’t quite known what to do with Old City Hall. The... Read More

Awe in the city

The study of awe — the kind of jaw-dropping experience that makes you recalibrate your understanding of the world — originated with... Read More

Dead rail lines, lost streets, and more Toronto oddities

There’s a couple of new lofts at the southeast corner of Carlaw and Dundas. The courtyard between the two buildings curves... Read More