Saturday, December 01, 2007

I was searching for vintage photos and postcards of Toronto and I came across a web page by Rick Bebout which is a series of essays about Toronto, centered around Queen Street. They are lavishly illustrated with many photographs and pictures. The topics are about different facets of public space and the history of Toronto.

These are my two favorites:

Master builders meet citizen activists - about a neighbourhood rising up against "urban renewal" that would displace them, give them below market value for their homes, ruin their neighbourhoods and give grants to corporations to build there.

Working girls, street boys, & moral salvation in Toronto the Good - about life for the workers who flocked to Toronto in the early part of the 1900s. Lots of great photos here of people in old Toronto.

The whole series of essays is here:
One Street; Many Stories: Queen

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