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V OFFICIAL YONGE

YONGE-DUNDAS SQUARE

In 2001, the city granted the Yonge Street Business Residence Association $150,000 (in addition to the $100,000 YSBRA had raised on its own) to hire a consultant, former city planner Ron Soskolne1. His advice was to revive a concept proposed two decades prior, where the city would develop a plaza at the present site of Yonge-Dundas Square. The plan asked for an entertainment complex at the north-east corner. The project was undertaken by city developer PenEquity, and was, as then Mayor Mel Lastman said to be ‘Bigger and better than Time Square2.’

YONGE ST.

DUNDAS ST.

Fig. 6.2 (left) Photograph taken looking up at signage outside of the Hard Rock Cafe, at the corner of Yonge Street and Yonge-Dundas Square Fig. 6.3 (top) Key Map & plan showing the location Yonge-Dundas Square on Yonge Street. Fig. 6.4 (top-right) A 1990s image looking south-west towards Yonge and Dundas Sts. prior to demolition. Fig. 6.5 (bottom-right) A 2009 image looking north-west over Yonge-Dundas Square.

In order to justify the plan to uproot the businesses found at the site of the future development, the city raised a moral case. Issues of crime and fear were raised by the city and the YSBRA, as a means of expropriating the land for the plaza. Because the amassed parcels were worth more than individual properties, the city made a profit when it sold to PenEquity. This arguably unethical act presented a good cause because as a result the street would be safer, cleaner and more profitable.3 With plans in place for a revitalisation project that showed promise, a new partnership

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