One of the takeaways from July 8′s #TOflood was that our concrete city doesn’t provide many places for a deluge to flow. This is partly because, over the years, we’ve buried a number of waterways to make way for development or for use as sewers. Here are three streams just under our feet.
Flowing through Christie Pits and along Crawford Street into Trinity Bellwoods’ “Dog Bowl,” it emptied into the lake near Fort York. After functioning as an open sewer for years, it was filled in during the 1920s.
Spanning a large swath of downtown, from Wychwood Park through U of T and the Financial District, across Queen East near the Distillery District, this famed creek was converted to a buried sewer by the late 1800s.
As if Palmerston Boulevard couldn’t be more majestic, there once was a creek flowing alongside the road, continuing down through what is now Kensington Market and The Grange. It was filled in during the mid-to-late 1800s.
CORRECTION, JULY 22, 2013: An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated in the photo caption that Wychwood Park residents were damning the now-buried creek. This has been changed and corrected above.