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Toronto: From Penthouses to Under Bridges

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Arriving Toronto in mid-August. The QEW in both directions from St. Catharines to Toronto and back, more than 50 miles each way, was stop-n-go traffic...

 

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A little highway humor. No one was speeding. Impossible to do in Toronto traffic...

 

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Brookfield Place with its 49-story tower above and below it is the Allen Lambert Galleria designed by Santiago Calatrava. In addition to being home of the Hockey Hall of Fame, it also has the facade of 1845 Clarkson Gordon Building...

 

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Toronto Union Station. Busiest transportation terminal in Canada, and in the midst of a major expansion and renovation....

 

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Fran's restaurant. The original one -- not the one downtown. This one has been going strong since the 1930s....

 

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Toronto's new subway cars. Notice that they don't have bulkheads at the end of the cars. You can see all the way down through the entire train....

 

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One of Toronto's four Chinatowns...

 

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My wife and son checking out the local wildlife...

 

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The old Toronto Harbour Commission HQ was the most dominant building on Toronto's waterfront before 1980....

 

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It was built in 1917, before the harbour was filled in....

 

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A few years later, after the landfilll....

 

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Dining with a family friend atop our harbourfront hotel...

 

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Lunch at CN Tower, roughly 110 stories above ground. Just about every building to the left of the railroad tracks wasn't there 15-20 years ago....

 

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The group of high-rises on the other side of Humber Bay is perhaps half the size of downtown Cleveland. In the distance is the skyline of Mississauga which has more high rises than any downtown in the Midwest except for Chicago....

 

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Note the railroad line at the upper right. That's the Georgetown South Corridor. It now has the tracks for the Union-Pearson Express trains to the airport, along with soon-to-be electrified GO Train service every 15 minutes throughout the day on the Milton and Kitchener corridors, plus a possible high-speed (155 mph) trains to London and Windsor. Note they've added tracks and depressed the tracks under Strachan Avenue -- they also did this below the CP belt line junction and through Weston. The Georgetown South Corridor was finished last year and cost the Province of Ontario $1.3 billion, turning a sleepy, weed-choked rail line into something more like the Northeast Corridor....

 

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Meanwhile, just north of downtown along the Yonge subway line to North York, 30-80 story residential towers rise at a furious pace. It takes a lot of construction to add 60,000+ housing units a year just to keep up with Metro Toronto's population growth...

 

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Lots of great scenery visible atop CN Tower that day. ;)

 

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With the price of housing in Toronto, this is about the only affordable place to live. This is below Spadina, along the walking path from the St. Clair West subway station to Castle Loma....

 

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At the other end of the housing scale....

 

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Castle Loma....

 

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Two Ukrainian ladies posing in front of the Toronto skyline...

 

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The Cliffs Of Insanity! OK, the cliffs of Scarborough (now a part of Metro Toronto)....

 

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Toronto's architectural graveyard in Scarborough -- remnants of beautiful old buildings demolished by downtown Toronto's post-1970 building boom....

 

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Greektown...

 

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Back downtown for some train watching by the skydome. Even on a Saturday, it was very busy.

 

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And a quick stop on the less trashy Canadian side of Niagara Falls...

 

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Back to the USA.....


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nice pictures. But where are the other Chinatowns? I know the Asian population there is huge so it makes sense that there's than one (like NYC, which now has large Chinatowns in Sunset Park, Brooklyn and Flushing, Queens). I just know the old, original one next to the Art Gallery. My brother-in-law grew up in that area. Also, those new subway cars are scheduled to come to New York, but haven't seen them yet.

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nice pictures. But where are the other Chinatowns? I know the Asian population there is huge so it makes sense that there's than one (like NYC, which now has large Chinatowns in Sunset Park, Brooklyn and Flushing, Queens). I just know the old, original one next to the Art Gallery. My brother-in-law grew up in that area. Also, those new subway cars are scheduled to come to New York, but haven't seen them yet.

 

Don't know. One of my Canadian friends who joined us during our visit told me Toronto has four Chinatowns. The one we visited was centered around Gerrard and Broadview, just east of the Don Valley.


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ha nice -- i think my saw my spouse's office in those.

 

toronto recently made the trains open gangway and the mta is looking at that and supposedly phasing it in as it increases capacity.

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Glad you went to the Bluffs, as that is one of Toronto's more underrated (if not most underrated) city park.  Also, Old Toronto has two older Chinatowns (the large one on Spadina and East Chinatown on Gerrard) but Markham and that whole north of Scarborough is the "new" Chinatown. 

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I like the 'dog fountain' - as well as the trompe l'oeil painting on the blank wall behind it.   A little whimsy packs in the tourists. Cleveland could use some, instead of those straight-out-of-the-70s murals showing up around town.

 

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