This week, we turn the clocks back five years for a view of the changes at the corner of Yonge and Alexander streets in Downtown Toronto. Even if the photo below looks like it was taken during today's Covid lockdown, January, 2016 was a different time. The relatively few people on the street might be because it was cold out, or because this block of low-rise buildings on Yonge was in the process of being demolished. to make way for a new two-tower condominium complex.

Looking northeast to Yonge and Alexander, January, 2016, image by UT Forum contributor G.L.17

To capture all the changes between then and now, a wide angle lens was needed. The view is now dominated by the topped-out towers of TeaHouse 501 Yonge Condos that have replaced the low-rise buildings. In the background, there are other additions: on the left with the crane, The Clover on Yonge is topped out and will wrap up construction this year, while the 2018-completed One Bloor East appears to its left. Popping out of the left side of the frame is the 2020-completed Wellesley on the Park.

Looking northeast to Yonge and Alexander, January, 2021, image by UT Forum contributor Benito

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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