The Globe and Mail: Toronto’s Yonge Street evolving from sleazy ‘strip’ into a global landmark

“Since Upper Canada’s lieutenant-governor John Graves Simcoe built the first part of Yonge Street as a military access route in case of an American invasion, Toronto’s most famous roadway has gone through several phases: as a way in and out of the city for traders, farmers and stagecoach passengers; as Toronto’s main shopping street, crammed with horse-drawn carriages and trolleys; as a music mecca where people came to buy records or visit smoky clubs; as the sleazy “strip” of massage parlours and head shops.”

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