Toronto in the 1980s was a time of significant growth and development for the city. The population of Toronto increased rapidly during this decade, and the city saw a surge in construction and new developments. The 1980s was also a time of economic growth for Toronto, as the city became an important financial and business center. The CN Tower, which was completed in 1976, became one of the city’s most iconic landmarks during this period. In terms of culture, the 1980s was an important time for Toronto’s music and arts scene, with many local artists gaining national and international recognition.
The city became an important financial and business center, with many major corporations setting up their headquarters in the city. This led to an increase in job opportunities and helped to boost the city’s economy. The 1980s also saw the growth of the high-tech industry in Toronto, with many companies in the field setting up operations in the city. This helped to diversify the city’s economy and lay the foundations for its future growth. Overall, the 1980s were a time of economic prosperity for Toronto.
Here are some stunning vintage photos that show street scenes of Toronto in the 1980s.
From left to right: Dominion (across the road), Becker's on the corner, CIBC, Sketchley's Cleaners, Boots Drug Store, John & Chris Interiors, Sunnybrook Smoke Shop, Black's Photography, Consumers Distributing, Sunnybrook Home Hardware, the Kitchen Table, Woodham's clothiers, Radio Shack, and Loh's Ice Cream.
The buses were essentially 3 buses in one, the front half a 35 foot bus, 40 foot bus behind the articulation joint, and a General Motors Classic model bus at the front. They were actually purchased for the transit agencies by the Province Of Ontario for testing to evaluate articulated buses in different cities. The Government of Ontario signed a $16.3-million contract with General Motors for 53 buses to be used in an articulated bus demonstration program. Four transit agencies participated: Hamilton Street Railway, Mississauga Transit, OC Transpo, and the Toronto Transit Commission. Of those 53, 2 have been preserved, one in the OC Transpo Fleet, and a Hamilton Street Railway bus at the Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport, Maine.-