Posts Tagged: king street

dreary afternoon, yellow door

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Weslodge Saloon, King Street West, Toronto

rainy king street on a walk to work

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westinghouse building

 

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There are so many of these beautiful walk up office buildings downtown. So many of them coming down to make way for condos. This is a particularly beautiful one. Most of the historically significant ones are being sacrificed, their fronts pasted on the front of the new towers to circumvent the heritage protection of them. I must say, the design to incorporate this one looks interesting. For a change. At any rate, the fencing is going up and the windows are being covered with paper.  King Street West, Toronto

 

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New restaurant/club going in an old building on Pearl. I like that sign, which I saw for the first time today.  Pearl Street, Toronto

 

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Rainy day. Pretty green leaves on the sidewalk. Spadina Avenue, Toronto.

 

may day

 

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King Street West, Toronto

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Suddenly there are leaves! Hello May! Clarence Square, Spadina and Wellington, Toronto

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A fire escape behind some new leaves. Spadina Avenue, Toronto

Happy May Day.  Best thing about May?  The trees come alive!

dusk

 

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John Street, Toronto

 

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Mercer Street, Toronto

 

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As I stood there lining up this shot of the pink light on the red carpet and sidewalk, that bouncer, who had been standing with some other guys out of frame on the sidewalk, decided to walk into the shot. Maybe he was getting ready to reject me and my running shoes from walking into that club. King Street, Toronto

Happy birthday Mom!  I love you.

sunlight on a fountain

 

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Roy Thomson Hall, Simcoe Street at King Street, Toronto

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Sunlight on a fountain, Roy Thomson Hall, Simcoe Street at King Street, Toronto

I was lugging bags of books to work today, to contribute to the office "earth week" recycle books and toys initiative.  (And also in support of my own de-clutter/spring cleaning initiative.)  Sunlight at Roy Thomson Hall was a good excuse to put the load down for a few minutes and snap some photos.

walking day, walking night, handmade gift

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The Westinghouse Building, 355 King Street, Toronto, 1927. The building's beautiful front (not shown) is slated to become facade on the front of a tower. What is [not] lovingly referred to as "facadism" is preserving the facade of an historical building on the front of a tower, as opposed to preserving the building itself.  In other words, skirting the historical preservation laws.

 

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Walking later. Spadina Ave. at Lake Shore Blvd. / Gardiner Expressway, just north of Queens Quay

 

 

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When I get home I find in the mail a beautiful hand-painted card from Sherrill, thanking me for giving her some books I didn't need anymore. Thank YOU Sherrill.

 

Out Walking: Liberty Village, King Street

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Forsythia – one of the first bloomers of spring and therefore one of the most welcome sights. Queens Quay near Bathurst, Toronto.

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Most of Liberty Village is new (condos, businesses, offices), my camera gravitates to the old.

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Red brick and doorway. Liberty Village, Toronto

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Red brick and window, Liberty Village, Toronto

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Liberty Village, Toronto

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Fence outside a massive construction project. Liberty Village, Toronto

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Fence outside a massive construction project. Liberty Village, Toronto

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HS and MS – forever connected to Liberty Village, Toronto.

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Former Smokestack. Liberty Village, Toronto

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Turret and pigeons. King Street, Toronto

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Streetcar, bridge and pidgeons. King Street, Toronto
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Beautiful shadows on brick; my favourite photo of the day. King Street, Toronto.

What starts as a rather dreary morning, becomes a spectacularly sunshiny afternoon.  After putting corned beef and cabbage into the slowcooker, we take a walk out to Liberty Village via the lakefront and check it out.  It's a new neighbourhood, a gentrification project.  The place is mostly brand new condos and businesses around a few old warehouses.  We walk back along the wonderful King Street.  Grateful for some vitamin D.

c. 1930 beauty under big, shiny street at night

 

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Window above the door at Commerce Court North, King Street, Toronto

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Detail, Commerce Court North, King Street, Toronto

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Detail, Commerce Court North, King Street, Toronto

Met Lili and Maria, lovely former colleagues for tea after working late tonight.  Got all caught up on news, then walked home via King Street, which is so spectacular on a clear, dark night like tonight.  It was cold again today but the gusting winds were gone and it was a lovely day, and a lovely evening – I enjoyed my walks downtown this morning and home again tonight.

sun reflecting, beautiful brick, unexpected hook-up on king street

 

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The sun was actually coming from behind this building (from the right), and so it was an odd sight to see those reflectons on the wall.  It was windows from another building (to the left) reflecting on this one. Groovy huh?

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Another view – light reflections on a wall.
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Beautiful brick – an old house off Adelaide street.

 

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Colourful King Street in the Theatre District, early Evening

We're getting summer weather.  25°C today.  In March.  City people everywhere are flocking to patios to enjoy it while it lasts.  It's not a stretch to think that we could still get a snowstorm.  Because it's March.  Ceri and I decide we want to take advantage before the temps dip down at the weekend and see if we can get on a patio too.  We decide on some options and I will meet him after work.  He, on his bike, scopes out the first two and texts me, "no go."  He's going to ride up to King Street and I'm almost to the option we decided on there.  I walk into the crowded patio and there is Kelsey.  She and Carly were going to do the same thing.  She has a table and so we join.  A really fun, unexpected hook up!