Despite initial perceptions one may glean from the Toronto skyline and the hysteria and hype surrounding the current development boom, Toronto was not built in the past decade. Our built environment can be peeled back layer-by-layer, bringing to light previous cycles when our city saw exponential growth. If you remove the skyscraping glass towers of the past decade, the skyline would be dominated by the rental towers of the 1960's and 70's, and the Postmodern commercial towers of the 80's and 90's. Today's image is brought to us by forum member rdaner, illustrating the variety of buildings that exist beneath the more recent towers around Yonge and Bloor.
The mid-rise rentals along Gloucester and Isabella are seen in front of the office towers around Yonge and Bloor, while the sleek towers along Jarvis and throughout Yorkville all point towards the soon-to-open Four Seasons. The very bottom of the image on the west side of Jarvis contains the bay-and-gable row houses that arose rapidly around the turn of the 20th century.