Bloor Street, Toronto, from Spadina to Christie

Bloor Street West in Toronto is lined with retail businesses for much of its length. After living in the neighborhood of Bloor and Bathurst for ten years, I noticed that the composition of the stores on the street was changing. To document these changes, in 1995 I started conducting an annual survey, in late August or early September, of the stretch between Spadina Avenue and Christie Street. In 2023 I extended the survey west to the railroad line just beyond Lansdowne Avenue. On this site, you can explore the data I have collected.

Some changes from 1995 to 2023
Description of the data

Composition of businesses in latest survey

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Composition of businesses in Spadina–Christie sector since 1995

Arrivals and departures

Here's a chart showing, for each year, the number of businesses observed for the first time and the number observed for the last time. For example, the number of businesses observed for the last time in 1995 was 39, and the number observed for the first time in 1996 was 43.

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Display businesses observed for the first time in any given year
Display businesses observed for the last time in any given year

Changing numbers

How does the number of businesses selling a given type of goods vary over time? Here's a chart for businesses selling prepared food (e.g. caf├ęs, restaurants, bars), the number of which increased steadily from 1995 to 2019, and then dropped.

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Survival

Of the businesses operating in 1995, how many survived to 1996? To later years? Of the new businesses in 1997, how many survived to 1998 or later years? Here's a chart for restaurants.

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Estimated longevity

Of the businesses whose appearance on and disappearance from the strip occurred in the survey period, what is the distribution of longevities? How many survived 1 year, 2 years, ... ?

Estimated longevity for all businesses: mode 1 year, median 4 years, mean 6.10 years.

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Vacancies

How many locations were unoccupied each year?

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