The Guardian newspaper, a UK media outlet, has placed Honest Ed’s on the list of Top 50 global buildings, joining the ranks of Egyptian pyramids and Beijing’s stock exchange, on a recent list published by the newspaper.
Firmly placed between the Palestinian parliament and a floating school in Nigeria, Honest Ed’s notable storefront is easy to spot on the list. While many are calling on other buildings to represent our city, Honest Ed’s reflects a historic age, characterized by its over-the-top attitude and its technological use.
Ryerson University’s Vincent Hui, an architectural science professor, can see why some would think that it is an odd choice to represent our city, but the bargain bin shop stands for something more significant.
“It has been a landmark insofar as everything from the notable discount store model to engaging with the community,” he said, adding that the rags-to-riches story of the Mirvish family represents the aspirations of many immigrants coming to Canada.
It is a sad, final accolade for the aging bargain store, as it is set to close its doors by the end of 2016.
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