In the 1970s, Mel Lastman, then- mayor of the former Toronto suburb of North York, envisioned his area’s own downtown, starting from Highway 401, north of Yonge Street, as far as the eye could see. There would be office buildings, condominiums, parks, theatres and restaurants. People would work, shop, play and, most important, live there.
Fast forward to 2016. For the most part, the former mayor’s dream has come true. The restaurants do brisk business at lunch, while the area hums at night as people leave work and seek entertainment. During the day, sidewalks teem with young couples pushing strollers and children heading to school. On weekends, families catch the latest flicks at one of the many movie theatres, then finish the evening with ice cream as they stroll back to their condominiums.