Some people still remember Arnold’s restaurant at Forty-Second Street and Lake Shore Blvd. West in Etobicoke
I would be interested in details about what you as a site visitor may remember from when you used to go to Arnold’s for burgers with your friends years ago.
When I lived in the area I used to walk by Arnold’s restaurant so many times with my dog. Over many years I walked as well to and from the Small Arms Building in Lakeview in Mississauga just to have a look around. And, I’ve written about the Long Branch Army Camp and shared a great research paper by Lauren Burkhardt about the Pleasant Valley Mobile Home Park once located in this area.
Can you write a comment about the things you remember?
An online video shows the site where Arnold’s used to be, at the corner of Lake Shore Blvd. West and Forty-Second Street across from the Long Branch GO station:
A subsequent video – which we put together after a successful community self-organizing effort that took place after local residents learned that the school across the road from the Aquaview site was going to be sold by the Toronto District School Board – shares additional details about local history:
The speaking notes for an October 2011 talk about the saving of Parkview School provide a good way to get the gist of the story:
By that stage in life, I had gained a few decades of experience in organizing events and projects of other kinds. In terms of my contribution to the Parkview project, this was the first time I had encountered the power dynamics of land use decision making as a topic of personal interest. This was the first time I had thought at any length about what land use decision making entailed. In helping out with such a highly collaborative project, I was approaching the task with the energy and enthusiasm that a person sometimes brings to a new and novel challenge.
The landing page at my website features a photo of the corner of Forty-Second and Lake Shore Blvd. West looking east from Marie Curtis Park toward Toronto. That is where Arnold’s restaurant used to be located.
As I look back, I can think of another video:
I’m really pleased there are people out there who enjoy videos. While I’m thinking of videos, here are a few more:
The former Parkview School is still going strong under another name:
“French school in Etobicoke ordered to close due to COVID-19 outbreak” – CP24, Nov. 23, 2021
I’m reminded that some schools have stayed; some are gone but live on in people’s memories:
Long Branch Neighbourhood Association
One of the great outcomes of intensive, focused community self-organizing efforts – involving many people and many productive meetings – of some years ago was the launch of the Long Branch Neighbourhood Association.
I’m an affiliated (non-voting) member of the LBNA and strongly support the work the association is doing to ensure that the interests of everyday residents are taken into account when land use decisions are being made.
I make donations to the LBNA from time to time as a tangible, practical way to support its efforts, and I strongly urge you to do the same – no matter where in the world you may be living.
Another place where residents are actively involved in community self-organizing is Niagara on the Lake.
I can add that some years ago many people worked together to organize a Sixties Reunion for a high school I attended in Montreal.
I’ve been working for a couple of years now on an enjoyable book project, in response to a request from a book enthusiast in Edmonton. As a result, I spend less time writing posts. That said, I’m really pleased this website enables us to share, on occasion, some interesting stories from the past.