Wednesday, October 21, 2009

PDP #119: The Future, Above the Past

Toronto's Distillery District, a thirteen-acre area of preserved Victorian industrial architecture recently converted into a residential/entertainment center, is one of those places that would be a lot more well-known if Toronto had a higher global profile. The city is still shedding the "boring and ordinary" nature it had for much of the twentieth century, and it's in places like this that I see the future.

The future, and the past. It's a perfect encapsulation of the nature of Toronto - the low-slung, red-brick, converted industrial precincts overshadowed by towering glass condo towers, the 19th and 21st centuries being combined into one. It's one of the few instances where Toronto actually shied away from bulldozing its past.

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