While riding the streetcar in January 2020, a series of boarded-up townhouses on the south side of Dundas Street West near Kensington Market captured my attention. They presented a stark contrast to an otherwise lively part of Toronto’s West End. I made a note to come back with my cameras to take a closer look.
In 1964, the City approved a large-scale social housing development for Alexandra Park that replaced the existing street system with an inward facing community linked by pedestrian walkways and other green spaces. In 2020, Alexandra Park is halfway through a second major transformation that will involve demolishing the original community.