City slaps one-year moratorium on new bars and restaurants opening along the street.

Michael Homewood remembers the way Ossington Avenue used to be.

Rundown industrial buildings, a string of sketchy bars and karaoke joints, and a reputation for violence were the strip’s defining characteristics.

“When I moved in here two years ago, people thought I was crazy because you couldn’t walk down the street at night,” he said.

Since then, the strip has undergone a renaissance. More than a dozen restaurants and bars, including Mr. Homewood’s Baby Huey lounge, have opened and flourished. The violence has died down.

That’s why Mr. Homewood and others were surprised when the city hit the brakes on Ossington’s hot streak.

Read the full article by Josh Wingrove “Too hip, too fast: city puts brakes on Ossington Development” in the Globe and Mail (May 28 2009).

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