New photo shows Crosstown LRT Kodak lands past and present

Crosstown light rail transit (LRT) construction team recreates a decades old photograph that shows just how much has changed at the west Toronto property.

The Crosstown Light Rail Transit (LRT) route might be the transit line of the future, but even 90-years later some of the past remains the same.

The Kodak lands have been a staple of Toronto’s Mount Dennis neighbourhood since the camera manufacturing facility opened in 1912. It employed generations of people until closing in 2006.

Part of the property now serves as the future site of the Mount Dennis station on the Eglinton Crosstown LRT line, with the maintenance and storage facility nearby. Some of the buildings from the original camera plant are still standing and being incorporated into the station design.

As another way to pay tribute to the past, the Crosstown team used their drone to set a recreation of an aerial shot taken of the area in 1930.

Aerial shot of the Kodak lands in Toronto's Mount Dennis neighbourhood. 1930 at the top and present day on the bottom.
Aerial shot of the Kodak lands in Toronto’s Mount Dennis neighbourhood. 1930 at the top and present day on the bottom. (Metrolinx photo)

Looking ahead to the future, when the Crosstown LRT opens it will connect the community to new light rail service, plus GO Transit and UP Express trains.

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Story by Scott Money, Metrolinx News editorial team