Saturday, July 04, 2009

The West Toronto Junction Is In The Spotlight Again, This Time In The New York Times’ Travel Guide

Screenshot: The New York Times: Travel: Surfacing: Skid Row to Hip in Toronto, By Michael KaminerScreenshot: The New York Times: Travel: Surfacing: Skid Row to Hip in Toronto,
Published: July 5, 2009

By Michael Kaminer
Photo: Rawlicious, a "living foods" cafe in the Junction section of Toronto.
By Steve Payne for The New York Times

The New York Times published a travel essay Skid Row to Hip in Toronto by Michael Kaminer. He described the meteoritic rise of the Junction section of the city from the skid row to a hip neighbourhood in the XXI Century. There are a few establishments of our truly exciting retail strip mentioned in the article:

Let’s hope that the dreams about the future of the Junction where "the young and artsy are taking advantage of empty storefronts and low-slung houses" will become a
real estatereality.

Are you planning a trip to the Abbot Kinney Boulevard of Toronto?
Anytime is a good time to visit The Junction. Take an advice from Michael Kaminer: "But the best time to visit may be in September, when a five-block section of Dundas Street West, between Keele Street and Quebec Avenue, closes for the Junction Arts Festival ( The five-day jamboree of music and art began as a tiny indoor fair in 1992 and drew 250,000 people last year."

See You There!

links: Frugal Traveler | Toronto
O Canada, Where Have Your Bargains Gone?

Junction Arts Festival Blog: New York Times . . .
"Just got a call from a writer in the U.S. telling us that there is a story about the Junction and the Festival coming out Sunday July 5th in the New York Times. So pick up a copy or come by here to get a cut and paste of what they have to say. They did a similar story a number of years ago about Queen Street West. Seems that the Junction is making waves and we here at the Festival are ecstatic to be part of it."
By Michael Menegon the author of this post is the creative director of the Junction Arts Festival.

View from the Junction BIA office, by artjunction.blogspot.comA view from the window of the Junction Business Improvement Area's office,
where you can read this article

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West Toronto Junction, by artjunction.blogspot.comThe young and artsy transform the Junction’s empty storefronts
and low-slung houses block by block: This is Malta Village area.

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West Toronto Junction, by artjunction.blogspot.comMargret, 1960s-theme bar / lounge for the Junction with art house screenings
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West Toronto Junction, by artjunction.blogspot.comThe Junction is enjoying a post-industrial revival.
As Angus Crawford said "This could become the Abbot Kinney Boulevard of Toronto."

On the right is a Toronto food landmark, Vesuvio Pizzeria & Spaghetti House.
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1 comment:

olga said...

Please take a look at some of the links for a feedback on this NYT's article:

+ favourite places
False Positives: Toronto’s Junction in New York Times
By Ian, July 5, 2009

+ Vesuvio's
torontomike: The Junction Goes from Skid Row to Hip
Published July 8, 2009 in The T.Dot

+ Montreal Where To Be "In" In Toronto
posted by Matt Stabile on July 7, 2009

+ organic optimism
MOO: The Official My Online Organic Blog: Sleazy street goes Organic in the Junction section of Toronto
By Rajen Jani, July 4th, 2009

+ alert daily dish: Seal meat on the rise, New Yorkers in the Junction, marriage linked to obesity

+ map
blogTO: Filed in City: The NY Times Shows The Junction Some Love
Posted by Tim July 8, 2009