Toronto’s up and coming Junction neighborhood has had all of its formal industrial heritage demolished, with a few buildings being re-purposed over the past decade. I have been documenting the changing face of this neighborhood from the beginning of the changes you now see today. I became interested in industry because of commuting through this neighborhood and started documenting the spaces I could get access to starting in 2005. One of the first factories I visited was the old Sherwin Williams plant in December of 2005, which as of today is still a pile of rubble on the edge of Junction, waiting to become condos. Other buildings had more success, the Houghton chemical plant became a parkour gym with some other small businesses as tenants, Bunge/Swift meats was demolished over the span of two years and was one of the few places I visited on a dozen or so different occasions. The old GE plant which has sat idle since the early 1980’s redeveloped the foundry building as a loft/condo and the rest of the area has been built up with three more large condo towers and townhomes.
Most of these changes have happened in the past 5 or so years and really account for the second half of the neighborhoods gentrification, the first being the demolition of the old stockyards in the early 90s, replaced with a big box mall complex. Gentrification can be a touchy issue in some neighborhoods, especially when the local residents get displaced, but that hasn’t happened in the Junction, yet. The rejuvenation of retail shops along Dundas street also are more diverse and serve the needs of the neighborhood better then the usual string of hipster bars, or money marts and pawn shops that have popped up in other neighborhoods in Toronto.
Photos featured are from 2005 to present, both film (in various formats, 35mm, 120,) and digital.