I've traveled a lot in Europe and the US for work over the past 20+ years, and I've never seen anything like this frontier-town mess of wooden poles and wires on main streets in major cities elsewhere. I believe that the wooden hydro pole and associated overhead wires and transformers are truly unique to Toronto in the developed world.
They seem to exist in many Japanese cities too actually:
And Austrialian ones:
Not that I'm saying we shouldn't bury ours.
By the way, does anyone have an idea what the guy who wrote this wiki article was referring to?
Then again, compared to the back-alley arrays in Vancouver...
I really like the best examples of both of these styles (such as Exhibit and One Bloor), but I feel like they both are at risk of being overused, and devaluing those best examples.
Are those not pretty standard for what we'd call 'commie blocks'? Not sure why you wouldn't see too many in Montreal. Any city that had a burst of development in the 60s and 70s probably has their share of them, or some reasonable facsimile thereof (different brick or colour for example).