Everyone knows Toronto has been undergoing profound transformation the last thirty years, but these photos help underscore that fact. Here's a look back at Toronto looked like in the mid to late 1980s, give or take a few years.
It started with Metro Centre, a joint proposal by Canadian Pacific and Canadian National railways to redevelop the sprawling tangle of surplus downtown sidings, marshalling yards, and roundhouses owned by both companies into a massive "city-within-a-city." At the time, it was the largest single improvement scheme ever conceived in North America, possibly the world.
If given the green light, "East United," which initially surfaced in May 2014, would stretch between Berkeley to Parliament streets on a property currently occupied by a heritage-listed former stable and a row of century-old homes. It would also be among the first major residential developments in an area dominated by gas stations, vacant lots, and car dealerships.
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Announced this morning, the project will include 60,400 square metres of residential space, 26,000 sq. m. of office space, 25,000 sq. m. of retail on the site bounded by Queens Quay, Richardson, Jarvis, and Lake Shore Blvd. E. It will also include educational space for George Brown, OCAD U, and other arts-related organizations, including Artscape.