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A fascinating story - many thanks to all participants.

It's amazing what a little digging will do.
 

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King Camera had three locations within blocks of each other. (Yonge King, Bay at Temperance, as well as the Star building. Run by Earl Eiensenstat, a bare knuckle owner who did pretty good. We used to supply Star and Globe photographers with last minute supplies if theirs ran out. Also had to lug rental audio-visiual equipment to offices in the TD Centre. Lots of fun carrying those while jaywalking across King. Those were the days!!

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Then. "Old bridge looking east". July 27, 1922. This is of course the Gerrard street bridge over the Don River.








Now. November 2010.




 

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Then. "June 29, 1918. Gerrard and Hastings looking east".









Now. November 2010.



 

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Then. "Sep 22, 1954. Dundas street E looking E from 100' west of Broadview".










Now. November 2010.



 

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What's the chronology of the Dundas extension? (i.e. was it UC, or finished, at the time of the earlier picture--by the looks of the road width, it looks like there still may hve been "work to do")
 

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What's the chronology of the Dundas extension? (i.e. was it UC, or finished, at the time of the earlier picture--by the looks of the road width, it looks like there still may hve been "work to do")
The ‘1916 Map of greater Toronto and suburbs’ has Wilton Ave extending over the Don as far as Bolton Ave. There are photos at the archives of the backs & fronts of various houses on DeGrassi, Dagmar & Mallon dated 1951/52 that were likely taken in advance of the extension – the date on the railway underpass is 1953.



This house was chopped in half - #55 is still there, but #53 is gone:
 

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Perhaps something helpful re: Dundas East extension. Actual construction going on here...



Then. "Sep. 22, 1954. Dundas street looking east from 150' east of Degrassi street".







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Well, confirmed my suspicion, to say the least. (All the more so that in that picture from Broadview, Dundas to the E still looked to be of "pre-arterial" scale, which didn't make sense if the extension had already opened. Then again, the Dufferin jog's been eliminated, and yet Dufferin north of the ex-jog still resembles a washboard)
 

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and yet Dufferin north of the ex-jog still resembles a washboard)
They'll repave it. I think of the miilions of litres of gas saved each year by eliminating that jog, or perhaps more people will take to their cars - who knows? I wonder if someone will do a study of traffic volumes pre and post?

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I forgot to add in the carbon footprint of the jog elimination construction. Any engineers here? Can we do a back-of-envelope as to when we get a net benefit?
 
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thanks mustapha, its weird to think that part of dundas wasn't there before
Isn't it? I wonder about such lost houses sometimes. The girl in Anna's picture; perhaps she walks here to recapture the past.
 

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