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Stunning Then and Now Photos of Yonge Street, Toronto in 1954 and 2014

Ontario’s Yonge Street connects Lake Ontario and Lake Simcoe, a gateway to the Upper Great Lakes in Toronto. Yonge Street (including the Bradford-to-Barrie extension) is 86 kilometres (53 mi) long and used to be the southernmost leg of provincial Highway 11, linking the provincial capital with northern Ontario.

Street numbering in Toronto and York Region is based on Yonge Street, which runs north-south. Line 1 Yonge-University runs nearly the entire length of Yonge Street in Toronto; it serves as the spine of the subway system, linking to suburban commuter rail systems like Viva Blue. Downtown Yonge is a shopping and entertainment district with landmarks such as the Eaton Centre and Yonge-Dundas Square, making it a commercial thoroughfare rather than a ceremonial one.

Below are some stunning photos of Yonge Street in 1954 and 2014 that show how much it has changed in the 60 years.

#1 243 Yonge Street, Toronto, 1954-2014

243 Yonge Street, Toronto, 1954-2014

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#2 85-87 Yonge Street, Toronto, 1954-2014

85-87 Yonge Street, Toronto, 1954-2014

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#3 83 Yonge Street, Toronto, 1954-2014

83 Yonge Street, Toronto, 1954-2014

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#4 207 Yonge Street, Toronto, 1954-2014

207 Yonge Street, Toronto, 1954-2014

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#5 271 Yonge Street, Toronto, 1954-2014

271 Yonge Street, Toronto, 1954-2014

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#6 273 Yonge Street, Toronto, 1954-2014

273 Yonge Street, Toronto, 1954-2014

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#7 283 Yonge Street, Toronto, 1954-2014

283 Yonge Street, Toronto, 1954-2014

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#8 302 Yonge Street, Toronto, 1954-2014

302 Yonge Street, Toronto, 1954-2014

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#9 314 Yonge Street, Toronto, 1954-2014

314 Yonge Street, Toronto, 1954-2014

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#10 318 Yonge Street, Toronto, 1954-2014

318 Yonge Street, Toronto, 1954-2014

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#11 325 Yonge Street, Toronto, 1954-2014

325 Yonge Street, Toronto, 1954-2014

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#12 336 Yonge Street, Toronto, 1954-2014

336 Yonge Street, Toronto, 1954-2014

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#13 338 Yonge Street, Toronto, 1954-2014

338 Yonge Street, Toronto, 1954-2014

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#14 346 Yonge Street, Toronto, 1954-2014

346 Yonge Street, Toronto, 1954-2014

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#15 348 A Yonge Street, Toronto, 1954-2014

348 A Yonge Street, Toronto, 1954-2014

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#16 350 Yonge Street, Toronto, 1954-2014

350 Yonge Street, Toronto, 1954-2014

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#17 354 A Yonge Street, Toronto, 1954-2014

354 A Yonge Street, Toronto, 1954-2014

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#18 361 1/2 Yonge Street, Toronto, 1954-2014

361 1/2 Yonge Street, Toronto, 1954-2014

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#19 364 Yonge Street, Toronto, 1954-2014

364 Yonge Street, Toronto, 1954-2014

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#20 365 Yonge Street, Toronto, 1954-2014

365 Yonge Street, Toronto, 1954-2014

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#21 368 Yonge Street, Toronto, 1954-2014

368 Yonge Street, Toronto, 1954-2014

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#22 369-371 Yonge Street, Toronto, 1954-2014

369-371 Yonge Street, Toronto, 1954-2014

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#23 370 Yonge Street, Toronto, 1954-2014

370 Yonge Street, Toronto, 1954-2014

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#24 371 Yonge Street, Toronto, 1954-2014

371 Yonge Street, Toronto, 1954-2014

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#25 374 Yonge Street, Toronto, 1954-2014

374 Yonge Street, Toronto, 1954-2014

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#26 389 Yonge Street, Toronto, 1954-2014

389 Yonge Street, Toronto, 1954-2014

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#27 433 Yonge Street, Toronto, 1954-2014

433 Yonge Street, Toronto, 1954-2014

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#28 439 A Yonge Street, Toronto, 1954-2014

439 A Yonge Street, Toronto, 1954-2014

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#29 462 Yonge Street, Toronto, 1954-2014

462 Yonge Street, Toronto, 1954-2014

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#30 478 Yonge Street, Toronto, 1954-2014

478 Yonge Street, Toronto, 1954-2014

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