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Yonge Dundas Square, Toronto, Canada, 2023[for full experience open in full screen]  

 
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This area on the intersection of Dundas and Yonge Streets was first concieved of in 1997 as part of a project to revitalise Toronto's Downtown Yonge entertainment district. It was completed in 2002 and the intersection has since become one of the busiest in the city.

Our first record of this space is from 2005: "This relatively recent urban development in the prime location of downtown Toronto was designed with the idea to bring new “energy” into an area that was becoming progressively worse. The intention was to create a space with the potential of fulfilling needs of pedestrians."

  This is what was my opinion in 2018: "I had a feeling that beside concerts, festivities of all kinds and occasional tourists nobody is actually using square itself. I was thinking that waiting few years will help this square mature, few years are nothing in the life of a city.

Here we are, end of 2018. Square is worst then ever, space is totally dehumanized, among company of 407 squares collected on this website it deserves one of the very last positions. Just observe day or night, how busy, almost overcrowded are sidewalks across the street, on the other side.

  Visit in the early morning of this November day is no better. Square itself is totally empty. Beside reflections of the overpowering advertising screens all over you, changing every few seconds, are not even allowing visitors to swallow information.

Or is that just my impression? Here is what tourist think: "It is clearly modeling itself on 1980's Times Square with street folk, some with clear acute mental health issues roaming freely. It smells like an open toilet and is filthy. I will return to Canada but never here. First time I have felt wary in a big city."

Complete info of the history of the Yonge Dundas Square is available on Wikipedia.

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