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5 Toronto neighbourhoods that will change the most in 10 years

What will Toronto look like a decade from now? Well, there will be a lot more metal and glass, considerably less small retail on main streets, and many neighbourhoods previously accustomed to low- and mid-rise buildings will witness their density increase. Some residential neighbourhoods are fairly well insulated from change, but others will be almost unrecognizable in a decade.

Here are 5 Toronto neighbourhoods that will look completely different in 10 years.

Lower Yonge St.
The Yonge St. corridor between Gerrard and Queen streets is set for more change than any other area of the city. The number of new developments here is staggering, with plans already in the works for the tallest building in the country, dual tower monsters, and massive demolish and redevelop schemes. So long old Yonge St.

The Village
More attention is paid to the changes in store for Yonge, but Church St. is also about to be completely revamped as a condo corridor. Here too there are multiple proposals to bring 50+ storey towers to the street, some of which will replace longstanding neighbourhood haunts. The area to the north of Wellesley in particular will be heavily intensified over the next decade.

Yonge and Eglinton
When the tunnel boring machines are removed from the Crosstown LRT, both the northeast and southeast corners will likely be home to massive new condo/retail developments (E Towers and 1 Eglinton Ave. East). There are also plans to re-do the streetscape, and even more change will come when the Eglinton Station bus bays are developed.

This is a neighbourhood set to blow up. All the signs are in place, including the already planned Riverside Square development, which will alter the shape of the southeast side of Broadview and Queen streets. More will follow. With development steadily moving east from the West Don Lands and Canary District, Riverside is set to rise tall.

Upper Beaches / Kingston Rd. Village
10 years ago, the area around Humber Shores still had a few down and out motels lining Lake Shore Blvd. Now there's a sea of condos and a legitimate community here. It will take a while for this to happen at Scarborough's motel strip, but further west on Kingston Rd. big things are already happening. Expect a slew of midsize condos to alter the density here radically.

What Toronto neighbourhoods do you think are set to change radically? Let us know in the comments.

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