Taking to the west this time, I acquainted myself with a number of new developments along King Street. Sites that were previously under construction were now completed mixed-use structures: mid-rise to high-rise residential buildings awaiting the arrival of ground floor retail. On the north side of Peter St remained the Shoppers, however long gone was the adjacent MEC store, now replaced by an open pit for deep foundations. An equally lofty condo resided at the southwest corner, its lobby being a space where countless pop-ups had once seen their time.
Being hatless, I turned south on Portland in an attempt to avoid direct penetration of headache-causing UV rays. The tranquil, shaded neighbourhood led me to Victoria Memorial Square. At the staggered nearby intersection of Wellington and Portland, bi-directional bike lanes were observed. Paving had yet to take place west of the park, but concrete separators had been poured up to Bathurst.
Across the arterial was stackt market, a destination I had visited just twice in all its years of operation.