One of two brick-floored slides beneath Glenlake Avenue, just east of Keele Street, in the Earlscourt Sewer.
Water, Sewage and Mud
This fall, I have been publishing articles about sewers in much lower profile areas of Toronto. Whether we look beneath that part of East Toronto that isn't quite the Beach(es), or below the modest homes and businesses along Rogers Road in the old Borough of York, we can find sewers that say a lot about how the communities above came into being, and about the places and challenges we face today. This article is probably the last in that immediate series. Another sewer system built to confront a looming sanitation crisis in an area of the city annexed in the first decade of the twentieth century, for me the Earlscourt and Junction Sewers are literally a little closer to home: the photograph above was taken beneath a street immediately around the corner from where I live.
Trunk sewer built c. 1914 to provide sewerage to newly annexed western suburbs

If you looked at the coverage of sewers and built over watersheds in Toronto over the last two decades, you might come away with the impression that the only one that mattered was the Garrison Creek and its Victorian and Edwardian sewers.

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