THE FINAL STRETCH
Next month, city council is set to decide how the future of the eastern Gardiner – and Toronto’s waterfront – will look. This is a series examining the city's most contentious highway. Find more stories, videos and photos, past and present, all series long here or at tgam.ca/thegardiner.
>>Oliver Moore looks abroad to see how others have handled life with an elevated expressway.
>>Video: The Gardiner in motion.
Gardiner at Spadina
BEFORE: Motorists thread their way through a maze of ramps on and off the Gardiner Expressway at the foot of Spadina Avenue, Oct. 23, 1963. (Boris Spremo/The Globe and Mail)
At Lake Shore Boulevard East
BEFORE: With streaming manes of reinforcing steel, partially demolished concrete highway supports resemble a line of wild horses in this photo taken March 12, 2001. The demolition is part of the ongoing removal of the Gardiner Expressway between Leslie Street and the Don Valley Parkway. (Randall Moore/The Globe and Mail)
The Spadina off-ramp
BEFORE: Crews are busy on July 30, 1962, finishing up work on pavement markings on the new section of the Gardiner Expressway at Spadina Avenue, the only exit from the highway at this point. (John Boyd/The Globe and Mail)