but is there a good collection of buildings? Maybe I am not artistic enough, but Queen W looks extremely gritty and most buildings are not in good shape. It is a bit surprising as it is supposed to be the no 1 shopping destination in Toronto.
It's true that many of the buildings presently look gritty (certainly not all of them), but I think that most are restorable. In terms of design quality, the often exuberant Victorian architecture with prominent cornices, ornamental terracotta panels, arched windows, and turrets constitutes a great collection of buildings. Unfortunately, some of these details are in bad shape or have been removed, but these buildings are restorable. A major problem is that the overhead wires along the sides of the street and ugly wooden poles are off-putting to many people, and they consequently don't even look closely at the great buildings on Queen Street West in this atmosphere of shabbiness.