I'll tell you what else is startling - the blockbusting that occurred to build those buildings in the Yonge and Eg area on Keewatin and Erskine avenues. Those two streets went from vibrant residential to slummy to cleared in about a decade. Breathtaking it was.The sheer numbers and visual homogeneity of the new buildings - especially residential towers - shown in those 1969 aerial views is startling, and the construction of a few historicist throwbacks here and there since then hasn't knocked us off-message. Nothing seems to come between us and our strong post-WW2 Modernist roots, though I suppose the increase in land values and availability of space has prompted the creation of point tower versions.
Something to this idea; if I may be off the wall here and amplify it a bit: landfill all the way out to the island and beyond. Fill would be from tunnelling the new Queen, Eglinton, Lawrence, Finch and Steeles east-west subways. The island airport is no longer an island airport. Build on the reclaimed land; not forgetting to set aside your parkland. Build your Toronto Aquarium there; have space for your permanent 'sports village', good to go for our next games bid.All those condos on the waterfront should be demolished and replaced with park land.