Most of the houses for which demolition permits have been issued on the blocks surrounding Colonial Honda were boarded up today, evidently in preparation of being razed. I walked around the neighbourhood and took photos.
As I took the above photo along McCully Street, there was a man standing outside Hayes Antiques across the street, so I asked him if the antique store building was slated to be torn down. “No,” he said, and went on to point at the buildings above and “the abortion clinic,” the old Morgentaler Clinic just to the east of these houses was also to be torn down.
The man said he was pleased the buildings were being torn down. “A high-risk offender lived in that one,” he said. “That was a crack house. It’s going to make it a better neighbourhood.”
All the houses will be replaced with an expansion of this car dealer parking lot:
I lived on McCully for over 20 years. Many of my neighbours had been there much longer. They raised their families on the street — it was just full of kids, they told me. And now we’re tearing down houses so we can park cars. I shake my head.