Fencing in Queen and Bathurst.
It's no longer that easy to take a nap at the former bank building on the northwest corner of Queen and Bathurst. The $20,000 black fence redevelopment is finally up.
The black wrought iron at St. Christopher House Meeting Place looks out of place now, but judging by the quick shifting of the intersection it's going to fit in with neighbours faster than you think.
It's the latest in the reworking of a part of Queen West that somehow dodged the hipstermination along the rest of the strip - but the developers are coming back to finish the job.
In May 2007, I talked to a guy named David Finkler. He works for the HWC Group. He said I could count on a Starbucks appearing at the ex-Mr. Sub on the northeast corner of Queen and Bathurst. And it did! How did he know? Because he put it there.
He also helped get the Starbucks in at Crawford St. (where the Sanctuary used to be) and put Cobs Bread in Kensington Market. Some people call those improvements. Some other people call those portents.
The Queenshead and 5Q Bar sit vacant, but with the so-called safety shuffle they might finally get their asking price. Inevitably another Nyood will pop up.