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About Ryerson On Yonge

A course in the Faculty of Arts, we have been studying the history of the neighbourhood around Yonge and Dundas, and Ryerson campus, in order to consider the social context and cultural importance of the new Student Learning Centre, which will occupy 341 through 355 Yonge Street. This blog is not an official Ryerson publication, and is a student-composed analysis of campus and its neighbourhood.

Making Ryerson Yonge

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The Heart of Downtown: Yonge Street as Gateway

In 2008, Ryerson president Sheldon Levy referred to the newly-acquired Student Learning Site as a Ryerson’s “gateway onto Yonge Street.”  What did he mean by this gateway? Can a building really be a gateway? A gate can be a physical … Continue reading

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Permanence and Circulation: Toronto’s Maleable History

The Yonge Dundas area is constantly in motion.  The hustle and bustle of shoppers, the influx and outflow of traffic, pedestrians coming to and fro.  Sometimes it’s difficult to image the area as anything but a perpetual state of activity. … Continue reading

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Covering Up: Censoring Sexualised Bodies in the Yonge-Dundas Area.

  What does it mean for Ryerson to move onto Yonge Street? Well for starters it means a coveted Yonge Street address which would allow the university to feature more prominently in Toronto’s downtown core. It also means that the … Continue reading

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Coming Together at Yonge and Dundas: Liberation, Subcultures, and Media.

Media objects act as markers and makers of subcultures and identities. These media objects can include print publications such as newspaper, clothing and music items, such as vinyl records. Though subcultures rise and fall, and identities may change, these objects … Continue reading

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On and Off the Street: Is Homelessness A Social Problem?

History of Downtown Toronto Downtown Toronto, 1930 (courtesy of BlogTO) The issue of homelessness is an extremely sensitive and controversial topic; however, it is significant to note that this ongoing issue should be publically recognized and accepted as a social … Continue reading

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Nostalgic for Sam: The Circulation of Consumption

A Short Story about a Long Empire “I do reminisce with friends about Sam’s and our teen-aged visits to ‘the city’ of which Sam’s was an important part. The whole Yonge Street strip really is tinged with nostalgia” -Dawn the … Continue reading

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