August 19, 2009

Last night I was on a dinner-cruise around the Toronto Harbour, and was amazed by the Toronto Skyline. Unfortunately I forgot my good cameras, but was able to snap the photo below with my Blackberry.

Compare the photo from last night, with a photo from 1965 and you will see a world of difference.

At this time, the skyline was dominated by the Royal York Hotel and the Canadian Imperial Bank Of Commerce building. Notice the Toronto Dominion Bank building is under construction, and today one cannot see the old Commerce building and the Royal York is hidden by the Gardiner Expressway.

This is not surprising considering Toronto is Canada’s biggest city has become North America’s biggest condo market, with more units now under development than Manhattan, Chicago and Los Angeles.

When we were developing the map for BuzzBuzzHome, and first uploaded our new development data on Toronto I was amazed by the number of condominiums, townhomes and houses under development. Being in the land development industry, I knew that there was a lot under development but I was never able to visualize it. Check out Queen Street West, or any downtown area of the GTA and you too will be blown away.

Ten years from now I look forward to looking back on that fuzzy photo from last night, and looking at all the changes.

Matthew Slutsky

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