[URBAN NOTE] “Yorkville’s old school malls are about to disappear”
blogTO’s Derek Flack looks at old malls in Yorkville, like Cumberland Terrace and the Village Arcade, that are set to come down as redevelopment beckons. Plenty of nice photos are included.
Yorkville is in the midst of a paradigm shift, the scale of which hasn’t been witnessed since it transformed from a hippie hub in the 1960s to a high end shopping destination in the decade that followed.
The Yorkville that’s slipping away today can be traced back to the 1970s. While historic elements dating much further back can been seen in the converted Victorian houses that still house retail on Cumberland St., many of the neighbourhood’s larger buildings date back to this decade.
Of these, the most significant is surely Cumberland Terrace, a multi-level mall that runs adjacent to the street from which it takes its name. Opened in 1974, when you pay a visit these days, it’s like stepping into a time machine.
Picture the Galleria Mall, but nicer. There are payphones and brown tile everywhere, an eclectic mix of vendors you’d never find in a newer mall, and wayfinding signage that dates back to the first days of operation here.