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Pain Perdu

Where Loves: Gypsy Found Objects and St. Clair West’s Renewal


Gypsy Found Objects and St. Clair West Renewal

Some of the dapper duds at Gypsy Found Objects on St. Clair West (photo: Gypsy Found Objects)

It’s no secret that the Torontonians have something of a love-hate relationship with our public transportation commission, the TTC. Millions of us ride the TTC’s busses, subways and streetcars every day. We’re glad that the system exists; for years we’ve also been desperate to see its expansion. Thus the installation of dedicated streetcar lanes along St. Clair Avenue West continues to stick out as an example of transit’s challenges in Toronto. Started in June 2005, cost overruns and delays meant that the project took five years to complete, snarling traffic and limiting parking along the Midtown artery. In hindsight it’s unsurprising that numerous businesses closed their doors during this period.