Toronto urban jungle

This is what Toronto would look like as an urban jungle

One 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.

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Rosedale Valley Road

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Polson Street

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Unwin Avenue

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College Park

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Yonge and Dundas


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