High-rise development has added a tremendous amount of density to the Bloor-Yorkville area in recent years, and new construction is continuing the trend. Back in 2009, the view facing southeast from Bloor and Balmuto included four condominium developments under construction. From left to right in the image below, we can see Cresford's Bloor Street Neighbourhood and Casa climbing skyward in the background on either side of Charles Street, while Pemberton's Uptown Residences and Bazis' CrystalBlu can be seen rising side by side on Balmuto Street.
Fast forward to 2015, and all of the buildings seen in the 2009 view have long since been completed. There are several other changes worth pointing out in the 2015 photo, including the most obvious addition of One Bloor East, now standing 48 storeys tall at the southeast corner of Yonge and Bloor, on its way to 75 storeys. Closer to the camera and in front of One Bloor at ground level, demolition continues at the former site of Stollerys, which is to be replaced by a new Foster + Partners-designed landmark tower to be called The One. In the background, CHAZ Yorkville Condos can be seen topped off next to Casa, while FIVE Condos is visible on the right side of the image.
To see all of the changes from the same position as the 2009 photo, one needs to crane their neck skyward.
We will return next week with another look at the changing face of Toronto!