The evolution of stores and the different built pattern and styles is what has me most confused. Okay here is what I understand doing some reading this past some days !!Well in the old days before 1910 people would live above the store and the store would be at the street like this http://www.flickr.com/photos/6120111...in/photostream
But in the 20's and 30's do to automobile ownership it became the norm for most cities to have one story -store front like this.
Yap the store was still at the street.
But than I believe has ownership was big thing in the 40's and 50's it was norm to move way from the classic store front with use of the ribbon system or so called commercial strip. A strip along the road choped up into very small lots like this
These commercial strip was alot like the main street or market street most cities would have .
It was a bad for finding parking some times do to parking lots where very small and one would have to park some times behind the store or the side of the store .
Than in 60's do to hardly anyone walking it was norm to move way from urban built pattern to embrace the suburb look and feel the use of plazas ,lots of parking !! Before the mid 90's before box stores and power centers took off.
My Quection why did Toronto like alot of cities in the east cost of Canada did not do this?
It seems Toronto built pattern and styles was like this before the 50's people would live above the store and the store would be at the street like this http://www.flickr.com/photos/6120111...in/photostream.
The 60's to 80's the use of malls only that I can only guess of 2 things why they did that .
1.It being really cold
2.city did not want alot of stores popping up all over the place .
Almost all stores where in malls and other stores do to the nature of the store that could not be in malls where in the office park.
Most all main roads in Toronto built after 50's are like this
Nothing but track housing away from road and nothing built along the road no offices , factories, stores or nothing.
Note ribbon system or so called commercial strip ( I believe typical of the 40's and 50's ) some cases even a unplanned look and feel ,side walk at the street ,mostly 2 lanes one way and 2 lanes the other way ,slower driving speed 50KM or 60KM ,little or no green space , 1 to 10 stores at the most in the parking lot ,small lot ,little parking ,hard to find parking ,parking in the front,back or side !!! most walk to the front of the store, the front of the store faces the street, road side feel and look.
Typical of stores are bars ,restaurants and fast food ,Hot dog ,ice cream ,donuts , diners, car wash ,used cars ,car parts ,discont stores , U-hall ,cash shop ,storage ,auto body ,bicycle service ,computer store ,Beauty shop ,Jamaican food ,Caribbean, Cuban food , car sales ,tire sales ,rent a car ,windows ,beauty salons ,Jewellers ,cleaners ,pet store ,car parts ,part and transmission , supper mart ,used cars , laundry mat ,nails and hair cut ,oil filters for cars ,motors for cars ,car sales ,Hasty mart, 711 ,supply shop , furniture and mattress so on ..
The picture shows typical ribbon system or so called commercial strip ( I believe typical of the 40's and 50's ).
Note the east cost of Canada and more so Toronto for some reason seem to have banned this ribbon system or so called commercial strip . The only place you can find this is like in towns away from the city.
The sun belt cities in the US for some reason seems to be really strong into this typical ribbon system or so called commercial strip for some reason.
May be to do cheap land value or lose city zoning laws.
Note I took these pictures ( google street view ) and uploaded them to flickr .