In the 1960s, Sparks Street was closed off temporarily to make a summer pedestrian mall. The experiment was popular, so it became permanent -- unlike Toronto, which actually tried closing off Yonge Street for a while, if anyone remembers! During the sunny days of summer, Sparks Street is alive with performers, fruit stands, outdoor restaurants and strolling government employees and tourists. Unfortunately, at other times such as the depth of winter or the evening, the street is dead.

1999 Richard McGuire

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