The thing I've always found odd, and slightly disturbing, about North York is how swiftly the transition is between the built-up downtown around Yonge Street and the sprawling suburbia that seems to comprise nine-tenths of that city. On Sheppard Avenue East, there are a few glass-and-steel corporate headquarters such as the ones pictured below, none of them towering and yet not out of place in a downtown either. East of them, though, you enter the residential domains of Willowdale, and after five minutes' walk from Yonge you might as well be in Mississauga.
It's even more stark along Sheppard Avenue West - once you're past Beecroft, from the lay of the land downtown North York might as well be a million kilometers away.
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