Randy McDonald (rfmcdpei) wrote,
Randy McDonald

[URBAN NOTE] Queen Street West, Shaw to Beaconsfield

The first westbound streetcar on Queen Street West that I boarded took me only a bit past halfway towards my home before it turned north onto Bathurst. The next streetcar that I boarded, just a block behind the previous one, took me another quarter of the way home before it detoured south onto Shaw Street. This left me with a brisk ten minutes' walk in the pleasantly cool air west before I got home.

That stretch of Queen Street West is lined with galleries, but I noticed that almost of them were closed. The new cafes and restaurants along that street were still open, like The Knit Cafe (1050 Queen Street West) filled with chatting people--mostly women--poised with their needles at their tables in the brightly-lit room, the new Starbucks at 1092 Queen Street West with the desperate spray-painted cry "The Drake you ho it's all your fault" removed from the handsome stucco, and the Friendly Sports Bar & Grill (1116 Queen Street West) with a man in a chef's uniform poised to smoke.
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