A pedestrian looking eastwards on Bathurst Street Bridge in the 1980s would’ve had a pretty clear view of the horizon, minus the CN Tower. Today, walls of glass and steel greets the eye.

The condo boom, which has seen the massive CityPlace condo community rise from the former rail lands, is largely to thank for this groundswell of development.

As BuzzBuzzNews has done with Toronto landmarks and even CityPlace itself, we’ve lined up archival photos of Bathurst from the City of Toronto and Toronto Public Library with present-day pics from BuzzBuzzNews’ James Bombales. Check out the then-and-now sliders below.

Bathurst Street and Queens Quay, 1980s

Bathurst Street and Lake Shore Blvd. West, 1936

Bathurst Street Bridge looking east, 1980s

Bathurst Street Bridge looking south, 1984-87

Bathurst Street south of Front Street, 1984-87

Bathurst Street south of King Street West, 1955

Southwest corner of Bathurst Street and King Street, 1970

St. Marys Church, Bathurst Street and Adelaide Street West, 1890s

Bathurst Street and Lonsmount Drive, 1954

Bathurst Street and Lawrence Avenue West, 1960

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