Polson Pier in Toronto's Port Lands area has long been among the most popular places to view the city skyline, a view that has changed considerably in the last several years. This week's Throwback Thursday looks back almost six years to a frigid December 2013, when the bank towers of the Financial District still dominated the view. This was changing though, as new towers began to emerge from the South Core and East Bayfront areas. The December 2013 below shows (left to right) cranes for Waterpark Place III, Ïce Condominiums, L Tower, and 88 Scott Street, while a crane had been removed and construction wrapping up for Waterlink at Pier 27 at the foot of Yonge Street.

View northwest from Polson Pier, December 2013, image by Jack Landau

Almost six years later, in September 2019, all of the buildings shown in the 2013 photo have completed construction, while several more buildings have joined the skyline. From left to right, new and under construction additions include Ten York Street, the Sun Life Financial Tower and Harbour Plaza Residences, Tower at Pier 27, CIBC SQUARE, a crane for the future Waterfront Innovation Centre, Daniels Waterfront, Aqualina at Bayside, Aquavista at Bayside, and Monde Condominiums.

View northwest from Polson Pier, September 2019, image by Forum contributor skycandy

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

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