In September 2010, flames tore through 200 Wellesley Street East in Toronto's St James Town neighbourhood. The six-alarm fire destroyed an apartment and displaced a thousand residents for months as the damage was repaired. Three years later, the rebirth of the building was celebrated by a giant mural of a Phoenix rising from the ashes painted on its southern wall. The mural—initiated through the STEPS program, funded through a grant from StreetARToronto and private donations, and painted by two dozen youth from the area and nine professional artists—is eight years old now, but the phoenix still stands out brilliantly in the neighbourhood. UrbanToronto Forum contributor APTA-2048 caught this view of it last week.

A Phoenix graces the side of 200 Wellesley Street East, image by UT Forum contributor APTA-2048

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