Garment District is on the Map!
How wonderful to discover this newly installed map pole on Spadina near the corner of Richmond with "Garment District" clearly named. Thanks to the City for keeping history alive on this handy guide to walking in the GDNA. Now, time to explore!
The Artistry of Queen Street
Alexander Medow catches up with fellow artist Kevin Hunt displaying his framed street scenes of the neighbourhood on Queen. As the sign says, just bend down and take a look.
Thanks to City Heritage for putting this plaque of Benjamin Brown, architect, back where he belonged on Spadina south of Adelaide. The installation looks stronger, cleaner, and better than ever. Here's to culture in the 'hood. Celebrate!
Two horns taking advantage of the warm weather today to play a few tunes and make a few bucks. Be generous! It's been a long time since we had live music.
October 02nd, 2020
❤️ Avenue Open Kitchen at 7 Camden Street is still the best diner/deli in the ‘hood. Check out their website for hours and daily specials. Sending GDNA ❤️ to Martina and the staff.
Sending ❤️ to Queen West
Seeing sign after sign of small, family and independent businesses with closed or “for lease” signs shows how severe the pandemic has impacted our business neighbours who are often friends as well. Darkened windows bring an array of other problems along with adding a sombre tone to the tough situation we are experiencing. We hate to think what Queen, King and Spadina Streets will look like if we don’t show some or more love.
The Canadian Federation of Independent Business, which may not include any of the really small shops, has started a campaign #SmallBusinessEveryDay. This hashtag gives us something to latch onto, and as signs of vibrancy are re-appearing, we are going to promote our local businesses that deserve our support. Above all, go in and buy something. Restaurants are offering takeout and many have opened up for dining in and patio service. Over the coming days, we will post and blurbs about small businesses in our catchment, and we encourage people to purchase according to your budget and ability to our collective benefit.
The building that stands in between two parking lots at 457 Richmond St. West had its day in court, and lost. We've linked to the judgements in our 457 Richmond St. W. development page, which documents our involvement in commenting on the project. Recently, Urban Toronto featured the revised plans for the site, with changes in square footage, but not in height, and notes changes to the south-facing balconies. We continue to watch with interest what will rise up at that site.