The Riverside BIA is celebrating 40 Years in 2020/21. First formed in 1980 by a group of local business and property owners, the Queen-Broadview Village Business Improvement Area is one of the first dozen BIAs in Toronto and the world. The BIA spans Queen Street East from the Bridge (Queen Street Viaduct) to just past De Grassi Street. In 2004, the name change to the ‘Riverside’ BIA reflected the neighbourhood’s name since the 1880s. The BIA and business community it serves have seen many other changes over the decades – some very big news and others perhaps hidden gems.
To celebrate and commemorate these first 40 years, we are sharing 40 short stories of the BIA. Stay tuned for one or two new stories each week of this year and find them all here: