Globe and Mail – July 2, 2018
The corner of Front Street West and Spadina used to feel like the Western outback, alone and removed, even if only a few blocks from Toronto’s downtown core,facing noisy commuter rail lines.Wellington, one street north, was a quieter, leafier anomaly with its historic buildings, yet broken by a big gravel parking lot, and King had its rows of similarly aged, converted brick warehouses, punctuated by a backpackers’ hostel.

That was the neighbourhood two decades ago, prior to the Concord Group developing the old railway lands with its skyline-enlarging CityPlace residential towers near the (then) SkyDome, and just before Allied Properties REIT accelerated its acquisition of brick-and-beam office and retail properties along King, west of Spadina.
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