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Demise of the Neighbourhood


As far as we can tell, City officials never met with Brightsiders to tell them that it had slated their neighbourhood for destruction. But area residents sensed change in the air.  During the 1950s and 60s they watched as the City and Stelco’s plan became increasingly clear.

Houses and buildings were bought up, lot by lot, sometimes rented out, and ultimately demolished. When the City bought the Brightside Hotel in 1968 little remained of the old neighbourhood.  Decades later, many people still struggle to make sense of what happened.


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