Mixed Use Has a History

20th century

BlogTO in a brief history of the gay village tells the story of the steps

One iconic hangout was The Second Cup, which opened south of Church and Wellesley in 1984. The “Steps” at the front of the cafe, which became a 24-hour operation in 1992, was a hangout for gay youth and people of all ages. It was not uncommon to find crowds congregating at the Steps in the early morning hours.

21st century

Nathan Phillips Square – steps with people sitting on them – also serve as a stage.

Stage and Steps - Nathan Phillips Square - Toronto

Steps Recaptured

And so for day 2540

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