Visited King and Queen today

We went downtown to shop for winter jackets (too soon, wait 2 weeks. Stock isn’t in yet). Danica pointed out the design of a new condo, not quite finished. We were on Queen West, near John Street.

old-new-queen-west

It so happens that Active Surplus is nearby, making the old/new contrast strikingly apparent. The condo tower is designed to have a bit of character. After all, it could have been a simple, boxy tower rather than a multiple boxy tower. Professor Banana stands outside his soon-to-close store, representing the old, quirky, counter-culture character that once attracted people to Queen Street West.

sad-prof-banana

The professor looks kind of sad about the change, but that’s life in the big city. Time for him to join the artists and musicians who long ago left for cheaper rent districts. He’ll be happier there.