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Toronto's College & Spadina Has A History Of Music, Aviation & Murder

The Rolling Stones and Amelia Earhart go way back with this downtown neighbourhood.

Whether you frequented the area or just passed through it on your way to class, the intersection of College St. and Spadina Ave. has been a part of many Torontonians' lives and has a past that is unlike any other.

In this edition of Then&Now, we look back at an area that has had everything from a famous Rolling Stones concert to Amelia Earhart, to even one of Toronto's unsolved murders.

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College and Spadina has gone through many changes throughout its history, but one building, the old Knox College building at 1 Spadina Crescent - now The Daniels Building at the University of Toronto - has remained since its opening over 140 years ago.

This spot was also home to Toronto's Spadina Military Hospital, a place where Amelia Earhart volunteered, and during that time in Toronto, saw an airshow that would become a pivotal moment in her aviation career.

While many places would come and go over the years, including the iconic Silver Dollar Room, the intersection is emblematic of just how storied a history one intersection in Toronto can have.

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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