This week's Throwback Thursday takes us to Toronto's East Bayfront area, comparing a pair of photos captured two years apart that show the area's ongoing redevelopment unfolding. Our before photo takes us back to June, 2018 for a southeast-facing view from an 18 Yonge condo. Two years ago, this view showed the preliminary stages of work at the site of Pinnacle One Yonge in the immediate foreground. Behind the LCBO headquarters, shoring rigs can be seen working away on the first condo and office towers of Menkes' Sugar Wharf community. Further in the background, a pair of cranes are in use for forming the podium levels of the Lighthouse Towers at Daniels Waterfront - City of the Arts.
Almost exatly two years later, a June, 2020 view from the same vantage point highlights many changes in a short span. A massive podium has emerged at the Pinnacle One Yonge site, from which the first tower floors have sprouted for the complex's 65-storey first phase dubbed 'The Prestige'. (This tower has advanced a few levels above the podium in the weeks since the photo below was captured.) To the east, the Sugar Wharf community is progressing with the black-glass 25-storey office tower growing at 100 Queens Quay, and podium levels are now taking shape for the 64 and 70-storey condominium towers to the north. In the background, the Lighthouse Towers are topped off fast-approaching completion on their interiors. More cranes tucked away behind 100 Queens Quay are busy constructing the Waterfront Innovation Centre, and Aquabella at Bayside.
Aligning and animating the two views helps to put the two years of growth into perspective.
We will return next week with another look at the changing face of Toronto. In the meantime, you can submit your own Throwback Thursday comparisons in our dedicated Forum thread for your chance to be featured in next week's edition.
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