The area south of Downtown Toronto's rail corridor has been extensively built out in recent years, with new residential and commercial buildings as well as some important upgrades to the public realm. It took plenty of planning and hard work to transform the area from brownfields and surface parking lots into a functioning extension of our downtown, and looking back at images of the area from the previous decade reveals just how far we have come. Back on August 12, 2006, construction was well under way on the first two phases of Infinity, a condominium development on the southeast corner of Simcoe and Bremner, between the Air Canada Centre and Rogers Centre.
In the years since, several new structures have been added to the landscape. Due to the presence of over a dozen tour buses bringing visitors to the CN Tower and new Ripley's Aquarium, we were forced to capture the "now" photo from slightly further west on Bremner. New additions to the area include the follow-up phases to Infinity 1&2, with the 57 and 67-storey towers of Ïce Condominiums looming in the background. Slivers of Maple Leaf Square and RBC WaterPark Place III are also visible. The Southcore Financial Centre and Telus House can be seen on the left side of the image, lining the north side of Bremner.
A wider angle reveals the recently completed Delta Hotel rounding off the north end of the South Core area's growing skyline.
We will return next week with another look at the changing face of Toronto!