Sunday, November 8, 2009

PDP #127: Old Town, New Town

Compared to other major cities in eastern North America, Toronto doesn't have much of an "old town." A lot of this can be traced back to the Great Toronto Fire of 1904, which ravaged the downtown core, and subsequent governments' skewed view of "progress," much of which involved demolishing older buildings because old buildings suck and only nerds care about things like urban aesthetics.

Today, it's sufficiently low profile that one could be forgiven for thinking it doesn't really exist. As it is, it barely does. The majority of what remains of historic Toronto is east of Yonge and south of Queen, anchored by St. Lawrence Market. Here, at King Street East and Sherbourne, a historic bank building has a new lease on life as the anchor for a shining condominium tower.

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