This week's Throwback Thursday takes us to the historic Bathurst Street Bridge for an illustration of just how much the Toronto skyline has been transformed in the last decade. Back on February 27, 2006, the redevelopment of former rail lands into the Concord CityPlace community was well underway, with a few towers already complete and several more on the way. In the image below, the cranes for CityPlace's Gallery, West One, and N1 can just be made out in the middle right, while the crane and lower levels of Tridel’s Element are visible just in front of the downtown skyline in the middle left.

Toronto skyline viewed from the Bathurst Bridge, February 27, 2006, image by Edward Skira

Fast forward more than a decade to May 11, 2016, and the CityPlace community has almost been fully built out. The barren former rail yards seen on the right side of the image above are now home to thousands of residents, as well as new street level businesses like shops and restaurants. As part of the build out, the community was given a crucial piece of pedestrian and cycle infrastructure in the Puente de Luz Bridge, seen crossing the rail tracks in the image below.

Toronto skyline viewed from the Bathurst Bridge, May 11, 2016, image by Jack Landau

A closer look at the city centre below shows the substantial growth which continues to this day. The Entertainment District has added a phalanx of condominium towers to an area once blighted by countless surface parking lots. In the image below, countless new buildings dot the skyline. From left to right, we can see M5V, the Festival Tower, Bisha Hotel and Residences, Theatre Park, The Mercer, a small sliver of the EY Tower's pinnacle, the west tower of the Bay Adelaide Centre, the Trump Toronto, Fly Condos, 300 Front Street West, and the Residences at The Ritz-Carlton, all new in the last ten years!

Toronto skyline viewed from the Bathurst Bridge, May 11, 2016, image by Jack Landau

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

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