Bloordale Village, which stretches along Bloor Street West from Dufferin Street to Lansdowne Avenue, has been touted as an up-and-coming neighbourhood for some time now.
While holdouts remain — the infamous House of Lancaster strip club and Coffee Time come to mind — echoing the neighbourhood’s shabbier past, it’s hard to deny the change afoot. The writing’s literally on the walls as an increasing number of storefronts now contain trendy bars, restaurants, and cafes. Meanwhile, nearby on Wallace Avenue, a former General Electric plant is now the refurbished headquarters of Ubisoft, a major software developer.
To show the evolution of Bloordale and areas around it, we’ve juxtaposed historic photos from the Toronto Archives and Toronto Public Library with contemporary shots by James Bombales.