Redevelopment and gentrification have had a profound and positive effect on King Street East in recent years, attracting several high-profile businesses to build new headquarters in the area. One of those companies is business analytics company SAS, whose relatively new headquarters at 280 King Street East paved the way for other major corporations moving to the block, including Coca-Cola Canada and The Globe and Mail. Back on March 28, 2004, the site of the new SAS headquarters was being cleared in advance of construction.

Throwback Thursday, 280 King Street East280 King Street East, March 28, 2004, image by Edward Skira

Now, a decade later, the new office building stands in front of a radically altered backdrop.

Throwback Thursday, 280 King Street East280 King Street East, July 17, 2014, image by Jack Landau

Here is another comparison between 2004 and 2014, showing the changed view from Ontario Street on the west side of the new building.

Throwback Thursday, 280 King Street East280 King Street East, March 28, 2004, image by Edward Skira

Throwback Thursday, 280 King Street East280 King Street East, July 17, 2014, image by Jack Landau

We will return next week with another look at the changing face of Toronto!