What's the Future Ever Done for Me?

Old Broadview Avenue

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A couple of survivors from the old village of Todmorden on Broadview Ave. Above the old general store and below the old hotel. For more information on Toronto’s lost villages get a copy of Ron Brown’s Toronto’s Lost Villages.


3 responses

  1. Many years ago – the mid-’80s – I looked at an apartment in the old hotel during one of Toronto’s many rental housing shortages. It was a time when landlords could ask for “key money” to show you a place, and ask for cheques in advance of approval, to be included with lengthy rental applications that you’d fill out in large groups of similarly desperate hopeful renters. I was tipped off to the Broadview place by a rental agency I’d joined (at great expense, but to no palpable results,) and arrived in a group of young professionals, all as desperate for a place to live as myself. It was a dark, dingy little crash pad of a place that reminded me of Jack Nance’s room in Eraserhead, with uneven floors and nicotine-stained windows. The young bankers and lawyers seemed as unimpressed as I was, and I remember leaving without filling out an application or leaving a cheque. It doesn’t look like it’s changed.

    December 28, 2013 at 12:33 pm

  2. From your numerous comments it would seem you moved around as much as I did in the eighties. It got to the point that I could move all of my worldly possessions in one load in my 1964 Chevelle.

    December 28, 2013 at 3:08 pm

  3. I probably moved more in the ’80s than at any other time in my life, but it really wasn’t all that much, as I hate moving. Basically it was from my mom’s house in Mt. Dennis to my first apartment at Dundas and Sherbourne, then back to mom’s, then a period of couch-surfing before finding a place at Maitland and Yonge. Two years there, then to the Parkdale loft where I’d stay for over a decade. I’ve only moved three times since. I saw a LOT of rental stock, though, in the ’80s, thanks to the rental shortage – toured lots of places in the company of about a dozen bankers before dejectedly leaving the rental application I knew would be tossed in the bin. I suppose we’ve had at least one more rental crunch since them, but thank God I wasn’t looking to move.

    December 29, 2013 at 2:24 pm

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