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Bloor Street
Bloor Street
is a major east–west residential and commercial thoroughfare in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Bloor Street
Bloor Street
runs from the Prince Edward Viaduct, which spans the Don River Valley, westward into Mississauga
Mississauga
where it ends at Central Parkway. East of the viaduct, Danforth Avenue
Danforth Avenue
continues along the same right-of-way. The street, approximately 25 kilometres (16 mi) long, contains a significant cross-sample of Toronto's ethnic communities. It is also home to Toronto's famous shopping street, the Mink Mile. A portion of Line 2 of the Bloor-Danforth subway line runs along Bloor from Kipling Avenue
Kipling Avenue
to the Don Valley Parkway, and then continues east along Danforth Avenue.

Contents

1 History 2 Bike Lanes 3 Route Description 4 Shopping 5 References

History[edit] Originally surveyed as the first concession road north of the baseline (then Lot Street, now Queen Street), it was known by many names, including the Tollgate Road (as the first tollgate on Yonge north of Lot Street was constructed there in 1820) then St. Paul's Road (after the nearby church, constructed 1842).[1] From 1844 until 1854 it was known as Sydenham Road[2] after Baron Sydenham, Governor General of Canada 1839–1841[3]. The street was then given its current name in honour of Joseph Bloor (see Joseph Bloore), a local brewer and land speculator who founded the Village of Yorkville in 1830 on the north side of this street.[4]. Bike Lanes[edit] The idea of installing bicycle lanes on Bloor had been debated since at least the early 1970s.[5] On 4 May 2016, city council voted 38-3 to implement physically separated bike lanes along a 2.6-km stretch of the street. Mayor John Tory stated, in support of the project, that if council sought to make Toronto
Toronto
a "21st century city", it must improve at providing "alternate ways to move people around the city."[5] Route Description[edit]

The intersection of Yonge Street
Yonge Street
and Bloor Street, two of Toronto's most prominent thoroughfares

The Brunswick House

Community by Kirk Newman (2001), in front of the Manulife
Manulife
building on Bloor east of Church Street in Toronto

Bloor St. in Mississauga

Bloor street begins at the eastern edge of the Prince Edward Viaduct, which passes over the ravine holding the Don River. The street continues through to the Rosedale Ravine, marking the southern border of the affluent community of Rosedale. West of Parliament Street, the street passes just to the north of the large St. James Town
St. James Town
housing project, which stretches west to Sherbourne Street. On the northern side of this section of Bloor are the forested slopes of the Rosedale Ravine. Between Sherbourne and Church Streets the street is lined by large office towers, mostly home to insurance companies. This area has long been the centre of the insurance industry in Canada. West of Church the street becomes more commercial and is an important shopping district. In downtown, especially around the intersection with Bay Street, Bloor is one of the most exclusive stretches of real estate in Canada. Rents on the upscale Bloor Street
Bloor Street
have doubled in 4 years, ranking as the 22nd most expensive retail location in the world in 2006, up two spots from 2005. Nationally, Vancouver's upscale Robson Street
Robson Street
tied with Bloor Street
Bloor Street
West as the most expensive street in Canada, with an annual average rental price of $208 per square foot.[citation needed] Under the intersection of Yonge and Bloor Streets is the Bloor–Yonge subway station, which is the busiest in the city, serving approximately 368,800 people a day. Above ground, the intersection encompasses commercial stores and condominiums. In the downtown, Bloor Street
Bloor Street
serves as the northern edge of the University of Toronto
Toronto
campus, and is host to several historic sites, including the Bata Shoe Museum, the Royal Conservatory of Music, and the southern edge of Yorkville, in an area now known as the Bloor Street Culture Corridor. West of the university, which ends at Spadina Avenue, Bloor Street runs through a diverse series of neighbourhoods such as The Annex, Koreatown, Dufferin Grove, Brockton, Roncesvalles, High Park and Runnymede. It generally retains its commercial character, and serves as the main shopping area for most of these communities. Numerous sections of the street have named 'business improvement areas' such as Bloorcourt Village, Bloordale Village
Bloordale Village
and Bloor West Village. In Toronto's west end, Bloor Street
Bloor Street
crisscrosses Dundas Street
Dundas Street
twice, between Lansdowne Avenue
Lansdowne Avenue
and Parkside Drive
Parkside Drive
and again in the Six Points area (Kipling Avenue) as these streets follow the old trails. Markland Wood
Markland Wood
is the westernmost residential community in the city of Toronto. Through Mississauga, Bloor Street
Bloor Street
links the residential communities of Applewood Hills and Applewood Heights, terminating at Central Parkway, about one kilometre east of Hurontario Street. A second section of Bloor once continued a short distance west of Hurontario, but was incorporated into Central Parkway which runs both north and west from the street's western terminus as the only completed part of an aborted ring road project around Mississauga
Mississauga
City Centre. Until 1998, Bloor Street
Bloor Street
was designated as Ontario
Ontario
Highway 5 from Kipling Avenue
Kipling Avenue
east to the Don River. Like many urban stretches of provincial roadway, it was formally decommissioned as a Connecting Link on January 1. Shopping[edit] The stretch of Bloor between Yonge Street
Yonge Street
and Avenue Road, in Yorkville, is called Mink Mile, and it is the most prestigious shopping street in Toronto. References[edit]

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Bloor Street, Toronto.

^ Filey, Mike. “ Toronto
Toronto
Sketches: The Way We Were”. Dundurn, 1992. p 68-69. ^ Toronto
Toronto
tax assessment rolls for St. James' ward (Yonge to Jarvis) use the Sydenham name until 1854 while rolls for St. David's ward (east of Jarvis) use the name until 1856. Not to be confused with Sydenham Street which was located within the village of Yorkville proper. ^ McGrath, Paul. " Toronto
Toronto
in the 1850s". Ontario
Ontario
Genealogical Society, 2005 ^ Filey 1992, p. 68-69 ^ a b Ben, Spurr (4 May 2016). "Bloor bike lane pilot project approved by Toronto
Toronto
council". Toronto
Toronto
Star. 

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