The facades that face the commercial streets in Toronto have a minimalist approach to texture and surface. Less seems to be better.
All the surface and texture lie in the back alleys. The pictures today show back alleys in the King Street West area yesterday. I was in search of doors and chairs. The first picture is the remaining wall of a building under deconstruction/reconstruction. This is the alley-view of a second story door - I didn't go around to see the facade from the street view. The door got my attention as it looks like a swing door. What would have been on the second floor?
These back alleys are grimy and gritty. They don't get washed down like the sidewalks out front of commercial and retail stores. At Yonge and Bloor, the gorgeous black granite sidewalk along Bloor Street got washed every morning before 7:30 as I was on my way to work.
In the alleyways, back doors are open to the kitchens of restaurants. Loud voices pour out, releasing the vitality and energy of the City.