For those of you familiar with my original West End Dumplings blog, you know that I consider myself a 'downtowner'.
My favourite memories as a kid are of walking around the big department stores or though the streets looking to the skyline to spot gargoyles and lions. I have lived and worked in, or adjacent to, the area for the past twenty years.
During this time the "downtown", which to me includes not only the Central Business District but Central Park, West Broadway, Waterfront Drive and The Exchange District, has had its ups and downs. Often it has been a case of moving one step forward with the announcement of a new store or project, but two steps back as soon after others announced their closure. Lately, though, it has been on a sustained roll.
I find that many people formed their opinion of downtown back in the 1990's and still talk of shuttered storefronts and the fact that nothing happens after 5 pm. That's really not the case. Downtown is expanding its role as a residential, entertainment and education district.
The purpose of this blog is to provide an index of the art, buildings and other places around downtown that make it an interesting place to be. Most are created from newspaper archives and using other online sources to confirm dates and other facts, (which often vary from source to source.) If
you have additional information or changes that you would like to
suggest please let me know in the comments section or at "cassidy at
See you downtown !