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Toronto's Yonge & Dundas As You've Never Seen It Before (VIDEO)

The iconic intersection never looked so different.

As one of Toronto's most popular intersections, the area at Yonge and Dundas has been a commercial and pedestrian hub for much of its history, but it looked nothing like it does today as it did as recently as 30 years ago.

As part of Narcity’s Then&Now series, we look back at Toronto’s version of Times Square - known as "Downtown Canada" to some - and its transformation over the past century.

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For many residents, Toronto Eaton Centre has been a staple of the neighbourhood for much of their life, but its existence is relatively new in the larger historical timeline of the area, only having opened in 1977.

And while the mall has grown since its inception over 40 years ago, Torontonians have had to say goodbye to a number of places housed in the area over the years from Sam The Record Man to Hard Rock Cafe, and more changes are still in the works.

The city has reenvisioned what the area will look like as part of an approved project called "yongeTOmorrow," which will see an increased focus on pedestrians through measures including reduced lanes of traffic, wider sidewalks, additional trees, and more space for outdoor cafés.

How Toronto's Little Italy Contributed To The City's Rich History

"College Street didn't start out as being Little Italy, though."

From events like the Taste of Little Italy and the Good Friday procession to the watching of football during the Euro and World Cups, Toronto's Little Italy has made itself a key destination for many Torontonians.

The neighbourhood can be found extending along College Street, west of the city's downtown region. "But that's actually up to who you ask," says Toronto Historian Morgan Cameron Ross, noting that "if you look north to St. Clair, there's Corso Italia."

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Honest Ed's To Meghan Markle, Toronto’s Annex Neighbourhood Had It All

"The homes in the Annex neighbourhood are legendary."

Toronto neighbourhoods often distinguish themselves through the people and buildings that inhabit them. Toronto's Annex is no exception.

In this episode of Then&Now, Toronto Historian Morgan Cameron Ross explores the storied history of a neighbourhood that was annexed by the city in the late 1800s, and since its development around this time, "has always been quite prosperous," explains Ross.

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Walking through the Cabbagetown neighbourhood of Toronto for only a few minutes, it can quickly become apparent what sets this area apart from others in the city.

In this episode of Then&Now, Toronto Historian Morgan Cameron Ross looks back at the neighbourhood that has the "largest preserved continuous area of Victorian houses in North America."

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Harbouring The Past: The Unusual Creation Of Toronto’s Harbourfront

"The lakeshore downtown we see now is not natural."

While Torontonians may know the city's Harbourfront as a leisurely destination with parks, restaurants and art spaces along the water with condos flanking the north side of Queens Quay, it used to look completely different.

And as Toronto historian Morgan Cameron Ross describes in this episode of Then&Now, "the lakeshore downtown we see now is not natural."

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