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an area of the city that is otherwise scenic and quiet, it produces a steady stream of
noise, pollution and, most noticeable today, noxious smells.
An underpass leads us beneath the tracks and the expressway, southward to the
Canadian National Exhibition grounds. As a sidebar regarding this narrow, low-ceilinged
underpass, I have used it many times on my way to and from soccer games at BMO
field. It is invariably crowded, noisy and smelly. Today, it is quite different: empty, quiet
and unexpectedly pleasant-smelling.
And speaking of smells, our next stop is slightly to the east and south, at a building identified as the Ricoh Centre today, but to Torontonians of a certain age, it will
always be the Horse Palace. Inside the building, there is an earth-floored show ring,
where a rider and a trainer are taking a horse through its paces. Surrounding the ring
are aisles of stables, which add the pungent smell of dirt, straw and horse urine.
Most city-dwellers would find this highly objectionable, but for some of us, this is the
smell of history. Not so long ago - surprisingly recently - horse-drawn carts delivering ice, coal, milk, or bread mingled with automobiles on the streets of this very city.
Objectionable, not really; nostalgic, definitely.
We're almost at our destination now. As we head south past the EnerCare Centre
toward Lake Ontario, we begin to experience the thermal effects of steady onshore
breezes. On a hot summer day, they help make the city livable, provided you can get
close enough to the lake to experience them. On a cool winter day, the effect is a lot
less welcome.
Finally, walking south to Princes' Blvd, east to Strachan Avenue, we head south to
the lakeshore, where we stop on a concrete "boardwalk" and lean on a metal railing.
The breeze is still blowing and the smell it carries is fresh and calming. My mind wanders back to days of my childhood, when our family would sometimes take the ferry
to Centre Island. The smell I remember from those days is a mix of diesel fuel and
dead fish - unpleasant if you dwell on it, but since we were going to a picnic on The
Island, it was one of the happiest smells on earth. And typical of olfactory memories,
for me, it still is.
That was where the tour ended. We said our goodbyes and walked back to our cars
or to the streetcar that would take us home. Afterwards, the lessons began to sink in:
if we stop to absorb the many sensory events of our cities, we can learn a lot about
cities, ourselves, our collective history and about the act of being, in this visual, tactile,
aural, aromatic and flavourful world.

The Horse Palace, Toronto.
PHOTO: THE AUTHOR

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Message from the Board
Walking
Integrated Building Design... and More
Feature Project: Guelph Market Square
Index of Advertisers
Locations
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The Right Angle Journal - Summer 2018 - Message from the Board
The Right Angle Journal - Summer 2018 - Walking
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The Right Angle Journal - Summer 2018 - Integrated Building Design... and More
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