Observation #1: There is much to do in Toronto. We did not go to Dundas Square, CN Tower or
Yonge Street, the big draws in the Downtown.
Instead, we did a self-guided walking tour of King street, Kensington
and University of Toronto campus. King Street west of University is vibrant
with theatre and restaurants and clubs.
The volumes of people give it a safe feel. Kensington is not what we
remember it from the 1980’s. Perhaps it is the evolution of demographics that
have made it less diverse, or perhaps we were there too early at 9:30am. U of T was a fascinating tour of the school
in the city. Although the city grid of streets permeates, the campus still
feels integral…and the heritage of the buildings amazes.
Observation #2: King Street vs University Avenue – the
safety of activity on King is not evident on University. This observation I made while at Ryerson in
the 1970’s and it still exists. It remains a 9 to 5 stalemate, with pretty
plants in the centre median.
Observation #3: If cranes are an indication, Toronto remains
Observation #4: I agree with Christopher Hume about the poor
connection of the Opera House with the street. Although a magnificent venue
inside, the wall facing Richmond salutes the Hilton with a middle finger. Even
the entrance from Queen and University offers little to entice the visitor to
enter. Nice Beemer in the window at the SW
corner. (I guess that’s how they pay the
Observation #5: The
number one attraction in Toronto – people: its diversity of demography and