Last week I visited what remains of Mirvish Village, that stretch of Markham Street just south of Bloor Street next to Honest Ed’s store. As most of you know, Honest Ed’s closed at the end of 2016. All the stores and businesses in the first block of Markham Street have now closed too. The buildings still remain although they are empty and a blue temporary fence now separates them from the sidewalk. I am not sure if they are going to be demolished, or the facades retained, when that area is redeveloped in the near future. I was interested in documenting what remains and/or what is going to disappear as Markham Street undergoes yet another transition in its long and storied life.
Some of the photos that I took were of doors. For a few weeks now I have been following the blog My Life Lived Full . Joanne (the author of said blog) participates in “Thursday Doors” which is a weekly photo feature hosted by Norm Frampton at Norm 2.0. I like doors and have many photos of doors. I’m not sure I’ll be a regular contributor to “Thursday Doors” but I thought that I would add my collection of Mirvish Village doors to this weeks feature. The following door pics were either taken last week when everything was empty or on the last day of 2016 when businesses were winding down.
below: The upper level was a gallery. The words ‘No Man’ are still on the door.
below: This is one of the photos from the 31st of December. Tintin is no longer there.
below: Entrance to the Victory Cafe with the Christmas lights still wrapped around the post and a clipboard in one of the windows.
below: The back of one of the buildings on Markham Street. This photo was taken from the parking lot behind Honest Eds.
below: Honest Ed’s exit onto Markham Street with its overlapping and out of date shopping hours sign over the door.