Why I Love Toronto
2012 In Review – A Breath of Fresh Air
So yesterday I gave you the sad news of a few historic and iconic places in Toronto that would be shutting down or have been shut down this year. Now the futures of many of these buildings are of course condominiums. However, sometimes condominium developers can do good things. Key word in that sentence was sometimes. I call this post a Breath of Fresh Air because many of the following things on this list have been given a new life and a second chance. Some are old abandoned buildings who will get a new purpose, others include modern expansions and three of them prove that if a community stands together good things can happen.
197 Yonge Street – The Old Bank of Commerce (now known as CIBC) across from the Toronto Eaton Centre, has sat abandoned for many years. Now the heritage property has been restored by MOD Developments and will be incorporated into a new condominium complex.
Churches – Many of Toronto’s Churches are being converted into condominiums. This is great considering there is so much hard work that goes into building a house of worship.
The Big Bop/ CB2 – It was in January that CB2 finally opened revealing a fully restored façade of the former Occident Hall which was painted purple by the Big Bop.
Maple Leaf Gardens – I skated at Ryerson’s new NHL sized rink at Maple Leaf Gardens and just stepping onto that ice was spectacular. Even though it wasn’t the same ice where the Leafs won their Stanley Cups, I was still skating in the building they did.
Don Jail – The scary prisons new fully restored façade was revealed a few weeks ago and even though it looks all happy and bright the building still has a dark past.
Jamie Bell Adventure Playground – After being burned to the ground the community and Mike Holmes came together to rebuild the playground so that children could continue to play in the park.
High Park Zoo and Riverdale Farm – These loveable summer day trips for kids were almost shut down by the city, but after a the communities in both Cabbagetown and High Park rallied together, put signs on their lawns and raised money the Zoo and Farm will live to see another year.
- 197 Yonge Street
- Maple Leaf Gardens
- Toronto Reference Library
- Jamie Bell Adventure Playground
- Don Jail