Whether you loved shopping there or never got the chance, Honest Ed’s, and its often confusing layout, was a landmark spot in Toronto that was unlike anything else the city had to offer.

In this edition of Then&Now, we look back at the iconic discount store that graced Bloor Street for over six decades.

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Named after Ed Mirvish — the Toronto entrepreneur who helped shape the city's theatre scene — Honest Ed's first opened its doors back in 1948.

While Torontonians may remember the place as defining the southwest corner of Bathurst St. and Bloor St. West, that wasn’t always the case, as prior to 1984, the store didn’t extend to Bathurst St.

Following the store’s expansion — and the addition of its famed marquee signs — it lasted a little over 30 years before ultimately meeting its demise and today, the site looks almost unrecognizable with high-rise residential buildings starting to tower over the intersection as part of the Mirvish Village construction project.

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"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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"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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