I look forward to attending this event, which I first learned about through listening to a CBC Metro Morning interview on March 10, 2017.
Additional articles about the Kingston Road motels exhibit
A March 11, 2017 Toronto Star article is entitled: “Once Canada’s gateway to Toronto, Kingston Rd. and its motel strip are changing: The road has always provided a home for those seeking shelter.”
A March 6, 2017 Inside Toronto article is entitled: “‘No Vacancy’ looks at Scarborough’s motel strip through photos and art: Exhibit is hosted by the Bluffs Gallery from March 10 to 31.”
Ubiquity of 1950s car and motel culture
This exhibit about a motel strip in Toronto brings to mind the ubiquity of 1950s car and motel culture, both in Montreal and elsewhere in North America. I lived in Montreal starting in the 1950s during my childhood and adolescence. I recall travelling toward Toronto from Montreal from time to time with my family around the early 1960s.
In those days, the No. 2 Highway was the roadway for such travel, before the 401 was built. Kingston Road in Scarborough was part of the No. 2 Highway means of travel in the 1950s. It’s fascinating to come across stories (as I do from time to time, talking with people that I come across including in South Etobicoke) about the changes that have occurred, along the old No. 2 Highway, once the 401 was built.
A few summers ago, while travelling from Quebec to Toronto along the 401, I decided to get off the 401 for a while, as I was getting bored. I travelled along the No. 2 Highway heading west toward Cornwall. On that occasion, I came across a park devoted to the Battle of Crysler’s Farm, which I learned (through subsequent reading) was a key battle with regard to the attempt by the United States to conquer Canada during the War of 1812. Among the posts where I’ve discussed what I have learned is one entitled:
The other important battle that enabled what is now Canada to maintain its territorial integrity during the War of 1812 was one that occurred closer to Montreal:
The No. 2 Highway also travelled by the Small Arms Building in Mississauga, a location that I have written about extensively at the Preserved Stories website.