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You've probably been hearing a lot over the past year or so about the Junction. Most of what you've been hearing is that it's up-and-coming, that it's a hip new place to hang out, and that you'll soon be spending a lot of your weekends there. I'm hear to tell you that the people who have been saying these things are wrong. None of them have ever lived in the Junction, and they don't know what they're talking about. So, as someone who had been living in that 'hood up until a month ago, I can break it down for you.

1. It's not all that hip

While the Junction is definitely gentrifying (and people confuse gentrification with cool cred a lot), there's nothing particularly "hip" about it. Unless you think toddlers are hip. There's definitely a lot of them. You can't walk down the street with a cigarette without young parents glaring at you, and although there are a lot of artisanal food stores, there isn't actually anything fun to do.

2. What're you drinking?

Name four cool bars in the Junction. Exactly. Because whenever people talk about how cool the Junction is, they keep referring to the same three places as proof: Indie Ale House, The Hole in the Wall, and 3030. While all of these places are pretty great, they don't offer anything you can't find in other spots in the city. And, to be clear: they're all the neigbhourhood has.

3. This is not a young neighbourhood

Like I mentioned previously, most of the people you'll find in the Junction are in their early 30s, and they have small children. Not exactly the demographic you'd have in mind when you think "trendsetters."

4. You'll be oh so lonely

Because of the the aforementioned points, most of your trips out on the weekend will be to downtown. The Junction is very far away from downtown. You might as well be living in Etobicoke. Why bother with all that?

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