Numerous high-rise developments have added new life to Toronto's Entertainment District in the form of residential and commercial density, as well as new public and institutional spaces. Back in 2010, the wave of redevelopment in the area had yet to crest, as construction was under way for Boutique Condos, a two-building residential development at 21 Nelson Street. The development's taller 35-storey building was just shy of its 349-foot height at the time the image below was captured.

View north on Simcoe from Front Street, 2010, image by Marcus Mitanis

Fast forward to 2016, and Boutique Condos is now complete and occupied, and has been joined in the frame by a few other high-rises. To the immediate left of Boutique Condos, a sliver of the 31-storey Studio2 can be seen. To the right, Residences at the RCMI Condos can be seen above the Zurich Building at 400 University Avenue. A small portion of the 66-storey Living Shangri-La can be also seen on the right side of the image. The partially visible 12-storey red brick building on the right side of the image above with the '18'—180 Wellington West—has since been re-clad and extensively retrofitted.

View north on Simcoe from Front Street, 2016, image by Jack Landau

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

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