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This is what Toronto would look like as an urban jungle

Posted by Derek Flack / March 18, 2014

Toronto urban jungleOne hears Toronto referred to as an urban jungle on occasion, but what would the city look like if this was a literal description? We've had a few imaginative illustrations that take to this task, most notably by Matthew Borrett and Jonas DeRo, though the scope of these scenes is necessarily limited by their medium. Enter Google Street View. A new hack by Swedish developer Einar Öberg allows one to explore the cities of the world overrun with the type of vegetation that's become the hallmark of post- apocalyptic films.

While the graphics are relatively limited, the exercise is a fun time-waster if only for the degree to which it allows one to imagine Toronto in an unfamiliar light. While the overgrowth doesn't always look bizarre on residential streets, when you explore the Financial District, for instance, things get decidedly more creepy. Ditto for the Port Lands. If you've ever scouted locations for an end of times blockbuster set in Toronto, this program is for you.

Check out a few screencaps below or explore for yourself.

urban jungle torontoRosedale Valley Road

urban jungle torontoPolson Street

urban jungle torontoUnwin Avenue

urban jungle torontoCollege Park

urban jungle torontoYonge and Dundas



David / March 18, 2014 at 10:21 am
I LOVE BLOGTO.....but this is just ridiculous. It looks like a child drew these pictures.
Bob Loblaw / March 18, 2014 at 10:29 am
Nice renderings, if you did them on an iphone with some crappy pic art app. I especially like how the same stupid bench is in every one of them. Cant we just get some more rob ford stories and skip this drab?
Bob Phord / March 18, 2014 at 10:30 am
Really? It looks like Grand Theft Auto...I wouldn't want to live there if it looked like that. Just sayin'.
DarkLordOfEtobicoke / March 18, 2014 at 10:31 am
Did a 5 year old design this on his daddy's work computer or something. The drawings are hideous
Grasshole / March 18, 2014 at 10:39 am
Looks like a swamp.
matt / March 18, 2014 at 10:52 am
Seems none of the above commenters bothered to click the link. Then they'd have realized this is a hack of google streetview, not 'drawings' and that 'bench' is the move arrow. Sad how people jump all over something without even knowing what they're talking about.
CJ / March 18, 2014 at 10:56 am
Did you guys all miss the fact that this is a live demo and you can street view anywhere? The screenshots aren't the point, it's the interactive view of anywhere in Toronto that make this special. Shame the blog readers have the same reading comprehension as the children who they think did this.
Matty replying to a comment from matt / March 18, 2014 at 11:00 am
Ohh once again were supposed to GOOGLE the content to get the real story. I see, why get it here when you can get it elsewhere...
Canaduh / March 18, 2014 at 11:11 am
I've seen better special effects in TRON - the original one!
Neil / March 18, 2014 at 11:31 am
I'm astonished at the amount of commenters that really love to petulantly complain. You could not even begin to attempt to build this hack yourself, so you have no business critiquing it. The creator took an idea, made it his own, and made it public for our enjoyment. If you don't like, just stfu and move on. Nothing better to do with your day?
WellSaid replying to a comment from CJ / March 18, 2014 at 11:36 am
Couldnt agree with you more. It would be wise if people could spare a minute, follow the link, and use the tool to imagine what a greener Toronto could and should look like.

B / March 18, 2014 at 11:50 am
Matt and CJ, like many BlogTO readers, they chose to exercise their right to free speech before reading and thinking.
jameson / March 18, 2014 at 12:10 pm
So this is what Toronto would look like if it was a Counter Strike map.

I like it.
Ando / March 18, 2014 at 12:52 pm
This is a joke, right?

*checks calendar to see if today's date is April 1st*
D / March 18, 2014 at 02:30 pm
could have saved themselves the headache by watching "i am legend".... ya its new york. But its same shit, different pile.
Craig replying to a comment from matt / March 18, 2014 at 03:10 pm
Does that make it redeeming to you? They still look awful and not at all Blog TO worthy.
Warren / March 18, 2014 at 05:04 pm
Wasted bandwidth
Gola replying to a comment from Neil / March 18, 2014 at 06:00 pm
Its a blog. Critiques and comments are welcome. Otherwise there be no point in posting this. No one asked to see what Toronto would look like as an Urban Jungle. So if you want to wow me with a new idea or concept make sure your presentation is slick and 110%.

And yes I do have skills to build this myself if I wanted too.
Water into beer / March 18, 2014 at 07:45 pm
Kim Jong-il, 'our dear leader', has brought forth this heroic video game, 'Capitalist shrubbery is counter-revolutionary'. Must buy, then celebrate by marching.
Robards / March 18, 2014 at 07:59 pm
I can picture what grass on a a street corner would look like in real time using my mind better than a poorly executed visual representation.
torontojungle / March 18, 2014 at 10:52 pm
torontojungle.com has known what toronto would look like as a jungle for 20 years.
MrsP / March 18, 2014 at 11:36 pm
I hope to god you didn't get paid for this piece.
danm replying to a comment from Bob Loblaw / March 31, 2014 at 03:06 pm
Are you stupid? those are arrows - since this is a google maps rendering. you know those arrows you click to move around? they made them stone to reflect the jungle. turd.
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