A photo extravaganza today. Did you know that the word is derived from the Italian stravaganza? Did you know that the study of word origins is called etymology?

Then: 1926.

At one time, there was a level rail crossing (Grand Trunk Railway, now CN) at Queen and Degrassi streets 

There was also a rail station  — Riverdale — that served this area. It was located within the present-day Bruce Mackey Park. That this was a "suburban" station at the time is now a quaint thought in the present day.

A number of accidents at this and other level crossing locations led the City and rail authorities into a program of eliminating them.

The following pictures depict — in our customary Then and Now format — the progress of construction. The Now pictures were taken in June 2011.

Let me take a moment to reflect on how the Toronto Archives, and in particular their website — probably one of the best of its kind in the world — has made this thread — and others like it in cyberspace — possible.

Riverdale, Toronto, 1926

Riverdale, Toronto, 2011

Riverdale, Toronto, 1926

Riverdale, Toronto, 2011

Riverdale, Toronto, 1926

Riverdale, Toronto, 2011

Riverdale, Toronto, 1926

Riverdale, Toronto, 2011

Riverdale, Toronto, 1926

Riverdale, Toronto, 2011

Riverdale, Toronto, 1926

Riverdale, Toronto, 2011

Finally, our last picture: A Then picture that shows the overall big picture. I regret I was unable to climb to the top of the present-day embankment to take a Now picture. The fences were rather daunting.

Riverdale, Toronto, 1926