by carl wilson

Sympathy with Queen and Portland


Photo by JL1967 via Torontoist.

It's all been bad news the past couple of days: Zoilus wants to express sympathy and horror for all those affected by the enormous fire last night on Queen St. in Toronto, on the south side block east of Bathurst - including art-and-cult-film haven Suspect Video, music store Cosmos Records (often described as the best used vinyl shop in Toronto), stereo shop National Sound, clothing store Preloved, bike shop Duke's (which dated back to 1914!), and all the other businesses and the tenants who lived above them. Besides the losses of property, it's a blow to the character of Queen St., already pretty much erased further east on the strip by chain stores, etc. Whatever the cause (theories being thrown about range from "meth lab blew up" to "developers torched 'em" to plain old "firetraps will be firetraps"), the result seems inevitable, that the area - and thus, on some level, life in downtown Toronto - will never be the same. Best luck, neighbours.

Via Toronto | Posted by zoilus on Wednesday, February 20 at 2:26 PM | Linking Posts | Comments (0)

 

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