This article in Canadian Business has been emailed to me three times in the last two days, so I figured if you haven’t seen it yourself – you’ve got to!
“What Toronto’s Skyline Will Look Like In 2020”
By: Trevor Melanson
September 24th, 2012
You may have heard that Toronto is putting up more skyscrapers than any other North American city—by a long shot, in fact.
There are currently 184 skyscrapers and highrises under construction, according to Emporis, a provider of building and construction data. And despite warnings of a Canadian real estate bubble (including our own), there are hundreds more planned.
So what sort of visual impact will all this new development have on the city? Well, there’s a lot of concept art floating around the Internet, but I found these less glamorous photos from a forum post the most interesting.
One of the forum regulars (who goes by the name Insertnamehere—yes, that’s actually his or her username, not an editor’s note I forgot to come back to) used Google Earth to generate a 3-D skyline that included all of the planned and partly-finished skyscrapers going up in Toronto.
Insertnamehere even went so far as to colour-code them:
- WHITE = the project has had preliminary renders, but no application has been submitted.
- RED = the project has submitted an application to the city
- GREEN = the project has been approved, but has yet to start construction
- YELLOW = the project is currently in sales
- BLUE = the project is currently under construction
Check them out:
Okay, now compare those futuristic photos of Toronto in 2020 with an actual photo of Toronto in 1932:
I love these old photos!
Actually, I just love the city of Toronto!
I know we’re not some 2,000 year old town in Europe, but we have our own history, and downtown is chalk-full of buildings with historical significance.
Free coffee to whoever can name that brown building in the top left of the photo – about 2/3 of the way up. Or is that too obvious?