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The Junction


The Junction is named as such because of the many railway lines that converge here. In the early part of the last century this lent the neighbourhood a not-too-subtle "wild west" atmosphere, leading to a prohibition on the sale of alcohol that lasted until just a decade ago. Since then the neighbourhood has slowly been changing: new restaurants and cafes have opened as well as locally own shops and services. Whereas some Toronto areas have gentrified at such a rapid rate that residents become worried about the future of their neighbourhood, The Junction's slow and easy transformation may just be the right speed for urban development.

Features

Working at the Bathurst CSI cafe space.

Coffices, hoffices, coworking and the gig economy

Toronto's changing labour landscape has created a whole new kind of workspace. 

Kelli Korducki

Letter from the editor

Letter from Yonge Street's new Managing Editor. 

Max B´┐Żland.

How Ubisoft is changing the Junction's game plan

With its first title released on August 20, Ubisoft Toronto has a lot to celebrate. So does its neighbourhood, the Junction, which has developed progressively since the video game studio moved in back in 2009. 

Bob Baloch of The Fresh Veggies at the Sorauren Market.

A fresh "spin" on urban agriculture

Local SPIN-farmers are using small plots of land to grow fresh produce in urban environments. The movement supports eating locally, all while creating jobs and taking advantage of underused backyards. 

Crema Cafe in the Junction

A neighbourhood that brings the old & new together

The Junction has always been one of Toronto's most distinctive areas. But the recent influx of entrepreneurs has given its retro main street a much more fashionable vibe.
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