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“Some of the largest potholes in the world”
Review of Spadina Avenue

Spadina Avenue
Toronto, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
487 reviews
316 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 456 helpful votes
“Some of the largest potholes in the world”
Reviewed April 28, 2013

Visitors to Toronto can save themselves a pothole of money by taking a street car to this prodigious street that serves as a paradigm for the distinguished slums of Asia. No need to book an expensive flight to Calcutta or Dakka. It is one of the widest streets in the city, with half its width dedicated to the North-South tramcars that plough its length and block up all the traffic. Once the cradle of the city's Jewish, Italian and Portuguese immigrants who have now spread North or West to greener pastures, it is now home to the poorer elements of the Chinese business community ------- those who cannot afford the less tacky Chinatown shops of Dundas St. North of College, it takes on a more genteel air, with some educational and research buildings raising the tone, and as it continues on to Forrest Hill it becomes just another undistinguished but not unpleasant urban thoroughfare. The Southern end is blocked off for reconstruction right now, but if past time-tables apply, it will be several more years before you will be able to walk down it without having your clothes covered with white dust, or falling down a pothole. Why on earth did Trip Advisor list it for review?

Visited April 2013
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Philadelphia
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“no!”
Reviewed April 20, 2013

No Chinatown like NYC, it's a dirty avenue with old buildings. I can't find the attractive. My apologies for be negative

Visited April 2013
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Rochester, New York
Level 6 Contributor
92 reviews
46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Funky little shops between Keningston Market and ChinaTown”
Reviewed April 19, 2013

There are interesting shops to wander through on your way to either the market or Chinatown. Nice little bohemian-feel neighborhood, lots of bustle and young people. Great transportation choices too. You have the street cars or the subway right there.

Visited April 2013
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HONG KONG
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1,645 reviews
1,006 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 320 helpful votes
“Found serving restaurants during Christmas Eve and Christmas Day”
Reviewed April 15, 2013

Actually I spent 2 nights downtown during Xmas 2012. My friend met me up downtown and we were looking for food. 2 years in a role (2011, 2012), we went to a Korean Restaurant for dinner on Xmas Eve, which was a very nice dinner indeed. The next day, we went King's Noodle for Chinese food on Christmas Day after movies.

Visited December 2012
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Brampton
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113 reviews
55 attraction reviews
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“Great area to explore”
Reviewed April 12, 2013

Great to walk in the China town area.Lots of fruit and vegatable markets and interesting shops.Great for people watching and getting a taste of other cultures.Try exploring some of the side streets like Baldwin E.Lots of resturants at the end of the street.

Visited August 2012
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