Having worked up at Yonge & St Clair for the past week, I'm reminded of the years when I lived nearby. Some of the same shops are still here - such as the nice little Vietnamese place a few doors west of the main intersection (I know that Pho is fairly straightforward, but theirs is among the best in the city). The health food shop a block or two south of Yonge. The Harveys to the north (where the manager has is act together to an unusual degree). Some newcomers are very welcome: the "Holy Chuck" burger joint to the south that takes their shtick a bit too seriously but makes fine food; the schnitzel place that makes authentic food.
I took The Boy to that schnitzel place on Saturday despite the TTC outage to introduce my son to German food. He devoured his plate.
It's been 12-15 years since I lived up here. They were chaotic times for me, always on the go it seemed between Toronto and living in some other part of the world. But the neighborhood remains a pleasant and busy place. In fact, it reminds me a bit of Tokyo, a dense node built up around a subway station.
I'm only here on a six month contract, but so far it's been worth the 80m climb on my bike every morning.