David Crombie, Vertical Cities and AM Radio

Duncan-FremlinContributed Duncan Fremlin, Broker RE/MAX Hallmark Realty Ltd.
Last winter our former mayor, the tiny and perfect David Crombie, gave a series of lectures on the history of Toronto. Each was a sell-out, no easy feat at the very large Bloor Street Hot Doc’sTheatre.
During an intermission, I purchased a 2010 publication titled Stroll, Psychogeographic Walking Tours of Toronto by Shawn Micallef. What a perfect souvenir to complement Mayor Crombie’s lectures I thought.
As I began to read, it was obvious that some of the downtown walks were going to be out of date, a mere 8 years after publication. I was stunned by how much of the city has changed in such a short period of time. Entire neighbourhoods, like the new Regent Park and the Portlands, have appeared – almost out of the blue. Long gone are many landmarks that defined the city’s landscape for decades. There are some that have actually disappeared: Sam The Record Man’s sign and Captain John’s floating restaurant are the most publicized. Then there are the once familiar landmarks that a pedestrian simply can’t find within the maze of towers that are springing up everywhere.

 

 

So, if you’re using this book as a guide for showing off Toronto neighbourhoods to your weekend visitors from the Soo, don’t be surprised if you become disoriented — an unsettling feeling for those of us who thought we knew the city fairly well.
It’s official. We now live in a vertical city. One more thing: if you’re driving downtown hoping to tune in to AM680 radio in search of “Traffic and Weather on the One’s”, good luck with that. It appears that AM radio between Parliament and Spadina no longer exists. The skyscrapers and AM radio signals just don’t get along.
By Duncan Fremlin, Broker
RE/MAX Hallmark Realty Ltd. 416-716-3257
www.morethanahome.ca
dfremlin@remax.net

TwitterGoogle+FacebookLinkedInDiggStumbleUponBlogger PostDeliciousShare

Other News

cabbagetown-festival

FUN ZONE… Cabbagetown Festival 2018

Contributed by: Stephen-Thomas Maciejowski. This Cabbagetown tradition continues on September 8th and 9th with the 42nd Cabbagetown Festival. The annual event has grown over the years and today boasts … [Read More...]

Litter-18

Cabbagetown Clean-Up!

By: Piper Gill & Robert Gill . It’s a beautiful Sunday afternoon in Cabbagetown. My five-year-old daughter, Piper, and I put on our gardening gloves, walk out to the street, and begin our stroll … [Read More...]

john-tory-cabbagetown-south

Safety for all.

Contributed by Anne Dimon. As a homeowner and long-time resident of Cabbagetown South, I join many of you in expressing concern about the declining safety in our beloved neighborhood.  The recent … [Read More...]

steak-and-chops

St. James Town Steak & Chops

Your local Cabbagetown Butcher and deli since 1971.  Stop by our tent at Winchester and Parliament when you’re at the Cabbagetown Festival. We’ll be barbequing peameal bacon, hot dogs, and our … [Read More...]

Waye-Law-

Who Gets the Home in the Divorce?

Contributed by Ashley Waye / Founding Lawyer. When separating or divorcing, many married couples wonder and worry about what will ultimately happen with the home in which they live. Assuming at least … [Read More...]

Duncan-Fremlin

I can rely on these special streets

Written by Duncan Fremlin, Broker , RE/MAX Hallmark Realty Ltd. dfremlin@remax.net www.morethanahome.ca As a downtown Toronto Realtor, I spend a lot of time driving the streets of the city, much of … [Read More...]

Don-Moffat

Don Moffatt – ‘Your Gardener’

Specializing in Ornamental Gardening in the cities most exclusive neighbourhoods. Don has been working in the Industry for 25+ years with the most recent decade being focussed on mature Gardens in … [Read More...]

kimberly-ezeard

“40 Years in Cabbagetown”

By Kimberley Ezeard. When people ask me where I live in Toronto, I describe it as a village in the heart of downtown. I live in Cabbagetown. I moved into this neighbourhood in 1979 fresh out of high … [Read More...]

Katie-Mead-

What is Gestalt Psychotherapy?

Contributed by Katie Mead. I fancy myself a pretty good writer. But when I sat down to write the copy for my website, I was flummoxed. Damn, it was hard! Where to start? Who am I? What do I stand for? … [Read More...]

Reap What You Sow with Green

Contributed by Kevin from Kendall & Co. Tuesday October 2nd, Cabbagetown’s creative businesses play host to a fundraiser benefitting Green Thumbs Growing Kids.   Green Thumbs Growing … [Read More...]

Roksolyana---Feature

Roksolyana Pidhainy-Benoit -

Featured artist contributed by John Desouza. Roksolyana resides in Toronto, Canada with her husband and daughter.  Since graduating from the Ontario College of Art in 1997, he has participated in … [Read More...]

St James Town Steaks and chops