Gerrard Street just east of Carlaw is a poor part of town that can get a bit scrappy. But it sports the only mall for blocks in every direction, Gerrard Square, which was for years know as “the Scare.” Now the Scare has gone upmarket, bringing in the usual cast of box stores and big franchises with more to come.
The GS website claims, “Riverdale is changing and at its heart is Gerrard Square, a refreshing urban redevelopment.” I think they’re stretching the name thing a bit, but it is refreshing — and encouraging — to see some money being invested in the area, whatever the real estate agents might call it.
If Gerrard Square isn’t your thing, you can, incidentally, browse a list of malls in Toronto thanks to Wikipedia (where, it seems, absolutely everything is written up). And I counted: there are 60 of them listed, 19 of which have a website. Happy shopping.