St Lawrence

Bounded by Front St to the north, the Canadian National railway tracks to the south, Yonge St to the west and Parliament St to the east. The neighborhood is oftentimes referred to as the “St. Lawrence Market”, here referred to is a large retail vendor market which serves as the neighbourhood’s focal point. The neighborhood features the Esplanade strip, which is lined with restaurants, bars and cafés. The strip is perfect for dining and nightlife. Front St is also lined with restaurants. A prominent building of the neighbourhood is St. Lawrence Hall; built in 1849, it today houses the “North Market” of the St. Lawrence Market. Other prominent landmarks include the Flatiron building as well as both the St. Lawrence Centre for the Performing Arts and the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts.

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Upper Jarvis

The Upper Jarvis neighborhood is bordered by Bloor Street to the north, Wellesley Street to the south, Jarvis Street to the west and Sherbourne Street to the east. Today’s Upper Jarvis neighborhood is the former site of one of Toronto’s most influential families – the Jarvis’. Their Hazelburn Estate was built on the north corner of Shuter Street and Jarvis Street in 1824. Most of the house was torn down in 1847, when the construction of Jarvis Street – which cut through the estate – began. In general, the neighborhood features many grand estate homes. Much of these have been refurbished and are now used for shops, restaurants and services.

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Stroll City is Back

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Stroll City is an interactive media-art project running from June 4th to June 24th, 2012. In charge of the project is Shawn Micallef, the author of Stroll: Psychogeographic Walking Tours of Toronto. He is known for being a wanderer and commentator on the city landscape, having studied Toronto’s streets for a decade.

So how does the project work? Just share your observations via twitter @StrollCity and watch it appear on TTC platform screens at over 60 subway stations throughout the city. Shawn Micallef will be tweeting his discoveries and insights, so those in the twittersphere can respond.

 ‘I hope people who read the tweets will simply get excited about the city and start paying attention to it in whatever way they want,’ said Micallef, ‘When we’re in our routines, especially on transit, where we’re often late for work or thinking about where we’re going, we tend not to pay attention to what’s around us. Hopefully this gets people looking and thinking.’

So, when wandering around the city these next few weeks, don’t forget to tweet about your adventures!

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