Thursday, September 17, 2009

PDP #102: Foot of Roncesvalles

Roncesvalles Avenue is one of many roads in Toronto built around the streetcar. Roncesvalles Carhouse, one of the Toronto Transit Commission's major streetcar yards, sits at its foot. It reminds me of a small town's main street, which it may well have been back in the day, when the streetcars weren't the best way for people to get to work, just the only way. It was a gateway at the edge of Toronto; the McDonald's at the intersection in today's photo occupies the approximate site where Sunnyside railway station sat until its demolition in 1973.

This photo was taken on April 11, 2009. The TTC is currently tearing up much of Roncesvalles in order to rebuild it with an eye to streetcar and pedestrian use. From what I've heard, it won't be until 2010 at least that streetcars rattle on Roncesvalles again.

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