Wednesday, February 20, 2008

A hole in the heart of Queen Street

A fire broke out at 5 a.m. this morning and spread through eight low-rise buildings, many of them historic, on the south side of Queen Street. The destroyed block, some fourteen addresses between Bathurst and Portland, contained Suspect Video, Duke's Cycle (a family business founded in 1914), National Sound, Preloved, Cosmos Records, and Old Times Antiques, among others. It seems likely that few of these stores will return once the rebuilding is over, and that the final stages of gentrification in that neighbourhood will be complete.

"This punches a hole in the heart of Queen St.," lamented city councillor Adam Vaughn.

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