It’s time for the Friday Refresh: a round-up of this week’s top stories at TheGridTO.com, plus a few you may have missed.
1. A portion of Yonge Street has been opened up to pedestrians thanks to the ongoing Celebrate Yonge initiative. But is this temporary plan good enough?
2. It’s been three years since the tragic incident on Bloor Street that killed Darcy Allan Sheppard and altered Michael Bryant’s life forever. For this week’s cover story, The Grid‘s Courtney Shea talked to Bryant about the personal transformation he describes in his new book.
3. If you live in Toronto and like to eat food, you’ll want to bookmark our new hub for all of the city’s important food news: the Crumbs blog.
4. How has Fifty Shades of Grey impacted popular culture? Well, for one thing, the book has spawned a frenzy of interest in S&M.
5. In this week’s Then & Now, Denise Benson explores the history of Ted’s Wrecking Yard, the cradle of Toronto’s 2000s indie-rock explosion.
6. Pop-up dinners, food trucks, and a 24-hour rotisserie chicken channel. Step inside the reinvention of Swiss Chalet.
7. The city streets can get quite sticky in the summertime, but thanks to Toronto’s fondness for green roofs, we’ve made a dent in the downtown heat.
8. Can you guess which of Toronto’s most important albums is also a contender for worst album cover of all time? If you give up, click here.
9. After a decade of annual throwback parties, Fake Prom comes to an end this week. Read our interview with founder Dylan Reibling to re-live the greatest memories from the city’s most famous nostalgia night.
10. The Toronto International Film Festival is now just over a week away, and if you want to keep up on everything from celebrity appearances to movie star-inspired cocktails, head over to our festival site, The Grid Does TIFF.