Bathurst to Spadina
The few remaining fabric shops remind us of the area’s textile manufacturing past while the constant flow of hip bicycle riders reveals that fashion still defines the area.
In 2008, a fire ravaged a strip of century old buildings here, destroying apartments and one of Toronto’s oldest bicycle shops, Duke’s Cycle. In 2011, Duke’s has returned to the strip and a large condo has replaced a parking lot at Portland. Across the street the junk yard aesthetic of the
Bovine Sex Club balances the sterile new with gritty old.