Toronto's Bloor-Yorkville and Church-Wellesley neighbourhoods have been the subject to dramatic vertical transformation since the turn of the millennium, with several notable additions to the local skyline. Even just comparing the skyline of 5 years ago with now reveals huge changes to the part of the city.

Back on May 28, 2010, construction had recently wrapped up at the site of Cresford's 46-storey Casa at 33 Charles Street East, while work was well under way on Pemberton's 48-storey Uptown Residences a couple of blocks to the north and west.

View facing west over the Church and Isabella intersection, May 28, 2010, image by UrbanToronto Forum contributor werepenguin

Fast forward to August 19, 2015, and several major additions have transformed the landscape, while others continue to. In the foreground below, the topped-off addition to 66 Isabella, replacing the private park space in the image above, is nearing exterior completion, while several more new buildings can be seen in the background. The now complete Uptown Residences, visible under construction in the photo above, is now blocked out by the recently-completed angular CHAZ Yorkville Condos, while the fast-rising Casa II—easily distinguishable to the right by its white balcony glazing and Cresford banner—blocks most of the view of the nearly topped-off 76-storey One Bloor East behind it.

View facing west over the Church and Isabella intersection, August 19, 2015, image by UrbanToronto Forum contributor werepenguin

Of course, even more is planned for this part of the city, and we look forward to the same angle in another five years. In the meantime, We will return next week with another look at the changing face of Toronto!

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