If there was a single development in the city’s history that could be said to have brought an end to the era of “Toronto the Good,” the resurrection of the Entertainment District (crowned by the opening of the SkyDome) is probably it. From a Toronto where shopping on Sunday was a no-no and the nearest fun city was boom-town Buffalo, NY emerged a sea of lights, music, dance and drink in a formerly derelict warehouse district.
This map from the King-Spadina Residents Association shows The District’s 82 nightclubs, 144 bars and restaurants, 20 hotels and handful of recently-built residential buildings. The neighbourhood, licensed for over 91,000 people in a 1km-square area, is rougly three times as dense as St. Jamestown and nine times as dense as New York at its maximum capacity.
It is interesting to see that the clustering of venues in Clubland, which many people consider a car-plagued zone, is so closely connected to transit corridors. It also shows relative sidewalk widths in the area. Enjoy!