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[PHOTO] Five photos of Honest Ed’s at a time of demolition

Honest Ed's in a time of demolition (1) #toronto #honesteds #theannex #bloorstreetwest #bathurststreet #demolition

Honest Ed's in a time of demolition (1) #toronto #honesteds #theannex #bloorstreetwest #bathurststreet #demolition

Honest Ed's in a time of demolition (1) #toronto #honesteds #theannex #bloorstreetwest #bathurststreet #demolition

Honest Ed's in a time of demolition (4) #toronto #honesteds #theannex #bloorstreetwest #bathurststreet #thealley #demolition

Honest Ed's in a time of demolition (5) #toronto #honesteds #theannex #bloorstreetwest #bathurststreet #demolition


Written by Randy McDonald

November 16, 2017 at 1:30 pm

[PHOTO] Six photos remembering Honest Ed’s at Bathurst station (#honestedstation)

Last year’s Honest Ed’s Station (#honestedstation) event, remembering Honest Ed’s in vintage signage at Bathurst Station, is mostly over. I did find, in a side entrance at the station, some few remaining artifacts, mostly arrays of photos showing the activity that once filled that store at its peak. I hope they will stay: public memory matters.

"Share the Ed-citement" #toronto #theannex #honesteds #honestedstation #bathurststation #bathurst #latergram

Scenes of old Honest Ed's (1) #toronto #theannex #honesteds #honestedstation #bathurststation #bathurst #latergram

Scenes of old Honest Ed's (2) #toronto #theannex #honesteds #honestedstation #bathurststation #bathurst #latergram

Scenes of old Honest Ed's (3) #toronto #theannex #honesteds #honestedstation #bathurststation #bathurst #latergram

Scenes of old Honest Ed's (4) #toronto #theannex #honesteds #honestedstation #bathurststation #bathurst #latergram

Scenes of old Honest Ed's (5) #toronto #theannex #honesteds #honestedstation #bathurststation #bathurst #latergram

Written by Randy McDonald

November 2, 2017 at 10:00 am

[PHOTO] Honest Ed’s from the north

Honest Ed's from the north #toronto #honesteds #theannex #bathurststreet

The Honest Ed’s sign will be taken down in a week for relocation, and the building torn down later. Taking photo will soon be impossible.

Written by Randy McDonald

May 19, 2017 at 12:22 pm

[PHOTO] “Mantova” Grape Seed Oil, $4.99 @ 77 Roncesvalles Avenue

"Mantova" Grape Seed Oil, $4.99 #toronto #roncesvalles #honesteds

I was amused to see this neatly framed old sign from Honest Ed’s in the window of Soho Art Custom Framing on 77 Roncesvalles Avenue. From ad to art–high-priced art, too, I’m sure.

Written by Randy McDonald

May 11, 2017 at 11:17 am

[URBAN NOTE] “This is what Mirvish Village will look like in 5 years”

blogTO’s Derek Flack shares links and images of the plans for Mirvish Village in five years’ time.

With the doors to Honest Ed’s officially closed for good, it’s time to turn our attention to the future of Mirvish Village. We now have a much better of idea of what it’ll look like that thanks to the most recent planning documents filed by site developer Westbank.

The Honest Ed’s and Mirvish Village project has undergone extensive revisions in response to community consultation, heritage evaluation and municipal feedback. Now in its third iteration, the plans are starting to resemble what we might see in the next few years.

Some of the highlights from the most recent renderings of the project include a sprawling public park that stretches out from Markham Street, a slick new market building that’ll span 20,000-plus square feet, and a micro retail corridor roughly where Honest Ed’s Alley once was.

Written by Randy McDonald

March 4, 2017 at 4:30 pm

[URBAN NOTE] “Koreatown unsure of what comes next after Mirvish Village”

blogTO’s Amy Grief looks at the speculation in Koreatown as to what will happen to this Bloor West neighbourhood after Honest Ed’s and Mirvish Village are gone.

Mirvish Village is vacant and Honest Ed’s had its big goodbye party this past weekend. The end is nigh for the southwest corner of Bloor and Bathurst as the wrecking ball slowly swoops in.

While the intersection was lively this weekend, it’s going to be pretty quiet for the next little while. That’s why I spoke to some of those nearby to see what they think about living and working near a ghost town.

“I think it does feel a bit empty in this moment, but I don’t think it’s really hit a lot of us until we start to see the kind of demolition of buildings,” says Adil Dhalla, one of the organizers behind last weekend’s festivities. We spoke as he was setting up the space.

Dhalla is also the executive direct of the Centre for Social Innovation, which is headquartered just south of Honest Ed’s.

The CSI also has a location in Regent Park, so Dhalla knows it can be complicated to watch as a neighbourhood changes.

Written by Randy McDonald

March 2, 2017 at 9:30 pm

[URBAN NOTE] “Honest Ed’s redevelopment shows what it takes to make a Village”

The Globe and Mail‘s Alex Bozikovic really quite likes the proposed redevelopment of the area of Honest Ed’s and Mirvish Village.

Mirvish Village is dead. Long live Mirvish Village. In the area near Honest Ed’s this week, workers had put up fences around a string of Victorian houses on Markham Street, preparing to gut them, while creatives assembled an “Art Maze” inside the old Honest Ed’s store for a festival and sendoff, An Honest Farewell, this weekend.

It’s the end of an age at Bloor and Bathurst Streets: the loveable shambles of Honest Ed’s is gone forever. But as this weekend’s events suggest, the past will continue to have a presence on the site.

The new development at Mirvish Village, after two years of conversation between developers Westbank, locals and the city, is inching closer to approval, with a new proposal submitted in January to the city. Westbank paid $72-million for the site, a big number, and yet the result is as good as private development gets in Toronto. It features meaningful preservation of heritage buildings, a serious sustainability agenda, and affordable housing – not to mention an architectural and leasing strategy geared at making the place as lively as possible, even a bit weird.

That’s all because the developers have been ready to engage in meaningful discussion: The city and the community have made this proposal better through talking and listening.

When the first Westbank proposal emerged in early 2015, “I think [the City of Toronto] were surprised by how much we were offering,” the main architect, Vancouver’s Gregory Henriquez, told me last week. “That’s how we deal in Vancouver: We come with our best offer.”

Written by Randy McDonald

February 25, 2017 at 7:45 pm