This week’s Throwback Thursday turns back the clocks to July 2014 for a west-facing view from Toronto’s Bathurst Street Bridge. This view is centred on the Ordnance Triangle, a 7.75-acre wedge of land formed by the converging Kitchener and Lakeshore West rail corridors. Almost five years ago, some of the elements at the centre of the image are tough to make out as ambient light is low, but behind a billboard you can just make out a tower crane. It's building the first tower at Liberty Central by the Lake, a two-tower condominium development in Liberty Village, west of the Ordnance Triangle.

Facing west from the Bathurst bridge, July 2014, image by Jack Landau

Fast forward to March 2019, and the same vantage point offers much change, the most prominent being the two-tower Garrison Point development rising on the Ordnance Triangle lands. In the background, the first phase of Liberty Central is now complete and serves as a backdrop for four cranes working on the second phase of Liberty Central, 39 East Liberty, and Novus at Garrison Point. Another project is active in the area, ZEN King West, but hidden behind the Garrison Point towers. The rail corridors are now straddled by pedestrian bridges known as Garrison Crossing, slated to open this year.

Facing west from the Bathurst bridge, March 2019, image by Forum contributor Red Mars

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

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