Spadina Avenue has always been one of Toronto’s most iconic streets — but it used to look quite a bit different than it does today. In the 1970s and 80s, the street featured smaller buildings and old-school streetcars. While there was plenty of traffic, it was missing many of the prominent structures that define it today.

As BuzzBuzzNews has done with Bathurst Street and CityPlace, we’ve lined up archival photos of Spadina Avenue from the City of Toronto and Toronto Public Library with present-day shots from BuzzBuzzNews’ James Bombales. Check out the then-and-now sliders below.

Spadina Avenue and Lakeshore Blvd. West, 1972

Spadina Avenue and Lakeshore Blvd. West, looking Northeast, 1976

Spadina Avenue and Bremnar Blvd., 1980s

Spadina Avenue and Front Street, 1950s

Spadina Avenue and Clarence Square, 1971

Spadina Avenue and King Street, Early 1900s

Spadina Avenue and King Street West, 1973

Spadina Avenue, south of Adelaide Street West, 1928

Spadina Avenue and Adelaide Street West, 1972

Spadina Avenue and Adelaide Street West, 1972

Spadina Avenue looking and Richmond Street, 1972

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