This week's Throwback Thursday takes us 51 storeys above Toronto, comparing a pair of south-facing views of the city captured over five years apart from the bar/restaurant atop the Manulife Centre's south tower. We travel back to June, 2015, for our first view, showing a number of cranes working away on projects across Downtown. From left to right, the view below shows construction at the sites of Pace Condos, FIVE Condos, L Tower, the East Tower at Bay Adelaide Centre, INDX Condos, and 1Thousand Bay Street.

Looking south from the Manulife Centre, 2015, image by Jack Landau

A half-decade of growth has made this view even more stunning, with several new projects adding to the landscape in September, 2020. The area of the background behind the now-complete FIVE has had several buildings added. These include (L-R) a sliver of Grid Condos, Alter Condos, the Ryerson Jarvis Residence, Max Condos, Monde, Aqualina at Bayside, and the west tower of Lighthouse Towers at Daniels Waterfront. The biggest addition in the left foreground is Wellesley on the Park, with Karma Condos added to its right. In the centre background, a mechanical rooftop addition and CF branding have been added to the Cadillac Fairview Tower, while a third and final tower has begun to rise from the Bay Adelaide site. Immediately to the right of the rising Bay Adelaide North, the former Simpson Tower at 401 Bay has been reclad, while INDX Condos has wrapped up construction and been joined by the EY Tower to its immediate right. In the centre-right foreground, a recladding and addition has transformed the former Sutton Place Hotel into The Britt Condos. To the right of The Britt and behind the now-complete 1Thousand Bay, the government-owned Macdonald Block complex is undergoing a reconstruction behind white tarps. In the right background, The Residences of 488 University Avenue has added 37 new levels of condominiums above an existing 18-storey office tower.

Looking south from the Manulife Centre, 2020, image by Jack Landau

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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