Yonge Street may be famous for its hustle and bustle, traveling through the built-up core of Toronto and past the high-rises of St. Clair and Eglinton Avenue.

But there was a time when Midtown Toronto was much more staid and suburban. We’ve collected pictures of this rapidly changing part of the city as part of our ongoing series comparing Toronto scenes from the past with their present. All modern day photos are by James Bombales. All historic pictures are from the Toronto’s Public Library’s Digital Archive unless otherwise specified.

Yonge Street and Bedford Park Avenue, southwest Corner (John Atkinson’s shop), 1920

Yonge and Davisville, looking south from north of Merton Street, 1953

Hodgson Public School on Davisville Avenue, 1929

Yonge Street, looking north from Broadway Avenue, 1954

Yonge Street, looking south from Sherwood Avenue, 1912

Yonge Street, looking south from north of Lawrence Avenue, 1955

Eglinton Avenue East, between Mount Pleasant and Bayview, 1931

Photo: City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 200, Series 372, Subseries 3, Item 1189

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