Cross Street = Dundas St E and Church St
Here’s Toronto’s do-it-yourself typology at work. Two old buildings, the common ‘sticks’ that Brigitte Shim refers to, enduring much longer than ever intended, become the bones of the city waiting for whatever skin the current owner wishes to apply. The exhaust vent over Peter’s Variety, from Pagliaggi next door, realigns at one point, disappears entirely, then eventually reappears. What’s left on the second floor, behind those boarded-up windows? Second floors are the mystery spaces of the city. Stare at them from the streetcar at night, when you’re closer to their height, and catch fishbowl glimpses of their interiors.