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Monday, May 4, 2009

Jane's Walk Recap

Saturday morning found myself and about 20 others out front of Greenwood station for the start of this past weekend's neighbourhood Jane's Walk "The Life and Death of Upper Midway".

It was a fascinating look at essentially75% of Danforth East - starting at Greenwood and ending well past Woodbine. Joe Cooper from the East York Mirror was our walking tour guide and he was a wealth of historical knowledge.

A couple of interesting things that I learned are:

- the TTC's Greenwood facility/yard (south on Greenwood) was once a quarry AND a German POW camp
- Cyclepath used to be a movie theatre
- the Bus Terminal diner was actually a bus terminal
- the stretch of Danforth between Woodbine and Woodmount used to be akin to what Yorkville is now: the place to see and be seen
- the demise of this trendy strip was the opening of the subway and the dissappearance of the streetcars (which brought shoppers and such to the area shops)

Of course, there is much much more, but I don't want to spoil it for those of you that missed it and want to try it next year.

It was an amazing experience and it definitely made me feel more connected to DE!

1 comment:

  1. I'm so sorry to have missed this walk. Joe Cooper is my favourite thing about the East York Mirror.