An oasis amid the city

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The sad part about losing sight of the past is that it curtails the imagination. You think the present is normal, and since it’s tolerable, it’s acceptable. But without a vision of the past, there’s no springboard to imagine the sublime.I was forcibly struck by this last week when, by chance, I wandered into Todmorden Mills on the east side of the Don River, where Pottery Road connects Broadview and Bayview Avenues.In all the years I lived in Toronto, I had never been there, and I’ve only known the Don as a dirty strip of water with the usual collection of trees that you might find on any abandoned construction site — Manitoba maples, crack willows, and black alders, to name a few invasive species.

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