I have visited the Yonge Street three times since the two lanes of traffic were closed to create cafes and green space, and have been favourably impressed with what has been accomplished. I was there on a Friday afternoon, one of the busiest times for vehicles traffic, and it appeared to be little different than when all four lanes were open. I visit the area frequently, so was easily able to make the comparison. However, it was wonderful to observe the hundreds of people enjoying the area, either having a drink or sitting in the many chairs watching the crowds pass by. I also saw some people reclining in chairs while reading a book.
It is a pity that the space was not like this during July when we had so many hot nights. Perhaps the pictures below will entice you to go to Yonge Street during this controversial experiment.
Then of course, there is this truck that wedged into the space between those that were reserved for the cafes. The three tickets on its windshield did not deter it from parking there. I doubt if the driver is in favour of the lane closings.
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The 1847 Farr House at 905 Queen St. W, tucked in beside a modern condo.
St. Mary’s Church at Bathurst and Adelaide Streets
The Wheat Sheaf Tavern at Bathurst and King Streets.
The site of the George Weston Bakery at Peter and Richmond Streets
The Cameron House at Queen and Cameron Streets, a block west of Spadina
The Balfour Building at Spadina Avenue and Adelaide Street.
Tall narrow building at 242 Queen Street
The Beardmore House at Dundas St. W. and Beverley Streets (left) and the Beardmore Building on Front Street (right).
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