Eastern Avenue (Toronto)
|Maintained by City of Toronto|
|Length:||4.5 km (2.8 mi)|
|West end:||Front Street|
|East end:||Queen Street East
continues as Kingston Road
Eastern Avenue is an east-west street in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It runs from just east of Parliament Street in the downtown to just west of Coxwell Avenue, near the Beaches neighbourhood. Originally Eastern crossed the Don River at the Old Eastern Avenue Bridge, but that bridge was disconnected in 1964. Today, Eastern's east and west halves cross the Don River north of the old alignment via a large bridge with ramps connecting to the Don Valley Parkway, and this viaduct (known as the Eastern Avenue Bypass in some maps) forks out and becomes the eastern terminus of both Richmond and Adelaide streets.
Eastern runs through what was once the heart of Toronto's most industrial area, the region just north of Toronto Harbour and the Port Lands area. Today most of the factories have departed. Some do remain, notably the large Weston bakery. Several film studios have moved into the former industrial areas near Eastern and Carlaw, and this area is today billed as the Studio District. Eastern was also home to the headquarters of the Toronto chapter of the Hells Angels, until it was raided and confiscated by police in April 2007.
Prior to 2000, however, Eastern Avenue did not meet up directly with Kingston Road, but at a point a few hundred feet west of the intersection of Kingston Road and Queen Street. Only with the demolition of Greenwood Racetrack was Eastern Avenue extended to flow directly into Kingston Road. The former terminus of Eastern Avenue still exists—it is the small unmarked (and unnamed) street that runs south off Queen Street between Coxwell and Orchard Park Avenues.
A number of north-south buses use Eastern as the street they loop along before returning northwards. The include the 22 Coxwell, 31 Greenwood, and 72 Pape.
Landmarks and notable sites along Eastern from west to east
|Inglenook Community High School||Cherry St||Historic school building|
|West Don Lands||River St||Abandoned industrial area under redevelopment|
|Old Eastern Avenue Bridge||Don River||Abandoned bridge|
|Sunlight Park||Don River||First baseball park in Toronto, demolished 1896|
|Broadview Lofts||Broadview||Former warehouse converted into lofts|
|Toronto Film Studios||Carlaw|
|Weston Bakery||Carlaw||One of the remaining, operable factories|
|Russell Carhouse||Greenwood||TTC streetcar yard|
|South Central sorting plant||Greenwood||Main Canada Post facility for central Toronto|
|Greenwood Raceway||Greenwood||Racetrack demolished in the 1990s|
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Eastern Avenue, Toronto.|
- "Dead little bridges, like the steel truss-strengthened span on Eastern Avenue, can put an urban explorer in a melancholy mood." John Bentley Mays. The Globe and Mail. Feb 15, 1995. pg. C.3
- "Hoping for gold: Can the Olympics turn around a forgotten neighbourhood?" Malcolm Kelly. National Post. Dec 9, 2000. pg. G.1.FRO
- CTV Toronto - Hells Angels clubhouses raided in three provinces - CTV News, Shows and Sports - Canadian Television
- "TTC Route Map" Toronto Transit Commission
- "New bike lanes spark some four-wheel fury." Jack Lakey. Toronto Star. Jul 19, 2008. pg. A.13