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EAST END: Don River (Continues as Danforth Avenue )

LOCATION

MAJOR CITIES: Toronto
Toronto
Mississauga
Mississauga

NEARBY ARTERIAL ROADS

← College Street BLOOR STREET St. Clair Avenue

BLOOR STREET is a major east–west residential and commercial thoroughfare in Toronto
Toronto
, Ontario
Ontario
, Canada. Bloor Street
Bloor Street
runs from the Prince Edward Viaduct
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 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
Mink Mile
.

The street is named after Joseph Bloore (a clerical error caused his name to drop an "e"), a brewer and land speculator of this area in the 19th century who founded the Village of Yorkville in 1830. He is buried at Necropolis Cemetery on Bayview Avenue
Bayview Avenue
and Rosedale Valley Road.

A portion of Line 2 of the Bloor-Danforth subway line runs along Bloor from Kipling Avenue to the Don Valley Parkway
Don Valley Parkway
, and then continues east along Danforth Avenue.

CONTENTS

* 1 History * 2 Route description * 3 Shopping * 4 References

HISTORY

Originally surveyed as the first concession road north of the baseline (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), and possibly Sydenham Road (after Lord Sydenham, Governor General 1839–1841). Although Bloore had an "e" at the end of his surname, Bloor Street
Bloor Street
was never spelled with it, as evidenced on numerous maps produced before his death.

The idea of installing bicycle lanes on Bloor had been debated since at least the early 1970s. 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."

ROUTE DESCRIPTION

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
Toronto
Bloor St. in Mississauga
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.

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
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
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 and Bloor West Village
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 and again in the Six Points area (Kipling Avenue) as these streets follow the old trails. 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
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 east to the Don River. Like many urban stretches of provincial roadway, it was formally decommissioned as a Connecting Link on January 1.

SHOPPING

The stretch of Bloor between Yonge Street
Yonge Street
and Avenue Road
Avenue Road
, in Yorkville , is called Mink Mile
Mink Mile
, and it is the most prestigious shopping street in Toronto.

REFERENCES

Wikimedia Commons has media related to BLOOR STREET, TORONTO .

* ^ Ritchie 1992 , p. 43. * ^ Sydenham Road is noted by Henry Scadding (1873). However, street maps show that this was more likely an early name for Cumberland Street in Yorkville. * ^ Scadding 1873 , p. 405. * ^ Filey 1992 , pp. 68–69. * ^ Filey 2004 , pp. 119–122. * ^ Wise & Gould 2000 , p. 40. * ^ Hayes, Derek. Historical Atlas of Toronto * ^ A B Ben, Spurr (4 May 2016). "Bloor bike lane pilot project approved by Toronto
Toronto
council". Toronto
Toronto
Star.

* Bloor Street * Discover Toronto
Toronto
at ROMWalks * Bloor-Yorkville BIA * National Post * Markland Wood

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Major roads , highways and streets in Toronto
Toronto

NORTH-SOUTH

CONCESSION LINES (W→E)

* Browns Line
Browns Line
* Martin Grove * Kipling * Islington * Royal York /Weston * Jane * Keele * Dufferin * Bathurst * Yonge * Bayview * Leslie * Don Mills * Woodbine * Victoria Park * Warden * Birchmount * Kennedy * Midland * Brimley * McCowan * Markham Rd. * Morningside * Meadowvale * Port Union

OTHER ROADS

* Avenue /University * Bay * Beverley * Black Creek * Broadview * Cherry * Jameson * Jarvis /Mount Pleasant * Lansdowne * Ossington * Sherbourne * Spadina * Parliament * Roncesvalles * Vaughan

EAST-WEST

CONCESSION ROADS (S→N)

* The Queensway /Queen West /Queen East * Bloor/Danforth * St. Clair * Eglinton * Lawrence * Wilson /York Mills /Ellesmere * Sheppard * Finch * Steeles

OTHER ROADS

* Burnhamthorpe * College /Carlton * Drewry /Cummer /McNicoll * Davenport * Dundas * Front /Eastern * Gerrard * King * Kingston * Lake Shore * Queens Quay

EXPRESSWAYS AND HIGHWAYS

* 2A * 27 * 400 * 401 * 404 * 409 * 427 * QEW * Allen Road
Allen Road
* Don Valley Parkway
Don Valley Parkway
* Gardiner Expressway
Gardiner Expressway

CANCELLED EXPRESSWAYS

* Crosstown * East Metro * Richview * Scarborough * Spadina

NOTABLE STREETS

* Colborne * De Grassi * Draper * The Esplanade * George * John * Leader Lane * Markham St. * Palmerston * Raymore * Reggae Lane

* ROADS IN ONTARIO * Media related to Streets in Toronto
Toronto
at Wikimedia Commons

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Roads in Mississauga
Mississauga

ARTERIES (PRIMARY ROADS):

* Bloor * Bramalea * Burnhamthorpe * Central * Centre View * Confederation * Courtneypark * Creditview * Dundas * Eastgate * Eglinton * Glen Erin * Goreway * Hurontario * Kennedy * Lakeshore * Matheson * Mavis * McLaughlin * Ninth * Rathburn * Royal Windsor * Southdown * Tomken * Torbram * Winston Churchill

COLLECTORS (SECONDARY):

* Argentia * Bristol * Collegeway * Meadowvale * Tenth * Terry Fox

REGIONAL ROADS :

* 1 (Erin Mills / Mississauga) * 2 (Finch) * 3 (Britannia) * 4 (Dixie) * 5 (Derry) * 7 (Airport) * 17 (Cawthra) * 20 (Queensway)

HIGHWAYS AND EXPRESSWAYS:

* 401 * 403 * 407-ETR * 410 * Queen Elizabeth Way
Queen Elizabeth Way

ROADS IN ONTARIO

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Ethnic enclaves

* African-America