S. Worthen (owlfish) wrote,
S. Worthen

Toronto Changing

My local correspondents overlook the little, the obvious, the prevalent. The little incremental changes make the biggest differences. Our limo from the airport drove in through the clear, clear night. As we skirted the city with the Gardiner, the lakeshore was a revelation. All of those endlessly under construction condos were finished and lived in. There were new signs for new construction, but the old projects were finally done. Among the new is a modest hoarding protecting a small little side along side the Hummingbird Centre at Front and Yonge, soon to be home to a fifty story Liebeskind design.

The Paramount rebranded at some point in the last year; no wonder we didn't think our movie was playing at the Paramount! It's now an advertisement for another industry as the Scotiabank Theatre.

The TTC discontinued the old tokens. We had two left, still exchangeable at Davisville, but unexpected in their new uselessness. The new are more distinct, bimetallic, no longer confusable with dimes.

Shops have moved, changed, closed. JS Bonbons is down to one outlet, my favorite source of hot chocolate on Queen West all gone. They didn't used to serve the hot chocolate at the Dupont outlet, but I hope they do now. The hot chocolate was made from chocolate ganache in decadent flavors: dark chocolate and lavender; sea salt caramel and milk chocolate; white chocolate and thyme. Nearly everything at Bathurst and Queen has closed down entirely.

It's all part of the city's dynamism, but it also shows, in all the littlest ways, that the city is growing away from us even as we have gone away from it.

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