Cross street: Bathurst Street and Nassau
Toronto doesn’t do Rust Belt decay much but for a few rare examples like this. Whoever lived on the second floor endured a while, until at least the second-last picture. The cat in the window seems sanguine about it all, and as it went, so too did the radiator shop next door, but that hole was filled in. The life is exhaling out of this house.
Cross street: Bathurst Street and King St. West
Full Frontal T.O. photographer Patrick Cummins lived on the second floor, here on once-Spartan Bathurst. Things were actually made in this part of the city (or broken things were fixed up). The nail guns from the furniture upholsterer below could be heard all day long in the apartment above. Behind is the Summit, part of the first wave of condo building three decades ago, before we perfected the repeating glass box form. Over time this location may have gotten fancier, but it’s the trees that make the difference.