Modern cities experience decay and renewal on a daily basis. Businesses, artists, and residents join and leave neighbourhoods. To accommodate increasing density, industrial sites become brownfields, warehouses become artist studios and coffee roasters, and residential laneways support new infill housing. Walking in the city without a purpose, the daily cycle of decay and renewal is not only visible, it’s visceral.
Shot in 2019, Wade Paton represents an area in Toronto north of Bloor Street West and east of Landsdowne Avenue bordered by rail tracks to the west and a former TTC yard to the north.