Wednesday, May 6, 2009

PDP #36: Lawrence East

Here I'm talking about the street, not the RT station. Lawrence Avenue East is one of many roads in Toronto with a discontinuous alignment; the pattern of ravines throughout the city, most of them only conquered in the 20th century, effectively prevented any bridgeless straightaways between Eglinton Avenue and the waterfront. That may be one reason why Lawrence Avenue has retained its residential character; that it's in the northern end of Metro is another, as it's only been in the last fifty or sixty years that development's been done in earnest there.

This is a discontinuous part of Lawrence Avenue East, photographed from the Bayview Bridge. Getting from the end of Lawrence at its intersection with Bayview to this eastern continuation requires a trip across the West Don River and through the Bridle Path, where Conrad Black lived back before he had a cell to call his own.

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