Today's guest speaker explicitly stated his disdain for the Yonge and Dundas intersection. Yet I wrote it down last week as my favorite one in Toronto. I can't say that it is the only one, I'm sure that everyone in the class could have listed several places they feel a connection with. But it was the first intersection that came to my mind and, incidentally, one of the first places I visited in Toronto. I arrived here from Belgium at the end of July 2005. I first walked down Yonge Street on August 6th (thank you, diary) and marvelled at the mixture of "funky stores, seedy stores, restaurants, book stores, grocery stores, adult video stores, internet cafes and coffee shops". The consumerist temple that is the Eaton Center overwhelmed me - I distinctly remember a sense of overstimulation - the billboards, the shoppers, the oddballs, the sheer size of the actual mall...I have since seen Times Square and understand Shawn's opinion of YD Square. But then I remember the gorgeous summer night when a friend and I stumbled upon a PWYC rendition of "Guys and Dolls" there. I think about how much I enjoy walking down both Yonge and Dundas on my way to the fundamentally dissimilar areas of Yorkville and Chinatown. So what if it's "not New York"? It's different, more intimate and deserving of recognition.