Pearson Airport's new Terminal 1 cost $4.4 billion and was built to accommodate 29 million passengers. The old Terminal 1 (shown in 3rd pic) was torn down and the new Terminal 1 'Hammerhead', as depicted below, opened in 2004. Eventually, Terminal 3 (at the top of the render below) will be torn down as Terminal 1 enters Phase II of its growth. It will expand and extend to where Terminal 3 now stands. Capacity will increase to 50 million.
The Royal Ontario Museum underwent an expansion and facelift.
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The Art Gallery of Ontario underwent a major renovation and expansion. The AGO is best known for housing Rubens' The Massacre of the Innocents.
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The Gardiner Museum underwent a major facelift.
Aga Khan Cultural Centre
The Aga Khan chose Toronto as a centre for the world Ismaili community. The $300 million museum and cultural centre is almost complete. The Aga Khan intends the centre to act as a bridge between Islam and the Western world.
Toronto Subway Rolling Stock
Toronto's Red Rocket is being replaced. The car features an open-concept design which will allow people to walk from car to car. The cars also feature a number of new safety, health and accessibility features such as hand poles covered with an anti-bacterial coating and more wheelchair spaces. The 78 new subway cars cost $236.7-million and can hold 10% more people than the current cars.
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Bloor Street Improvement Project
'The Mink Mile', Toronto's toniest shopping strip underwent an overhaul that widened the sidewalk, paved it in granite, added planters, and a root system in which trees can properly mature.
Waterfront renewal started
Many kilometres of Toronto waterfront will be rebuilt into a pedestrian friendly promenade. Work begun a few years ago with about 20% of it complete at this point.
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Union Station renewal
Union Station is Toronto's main rail hub. It acts as the Toronto terminus for the national rail service, southern Ontario rail, and subway. It is undergoing a major expansion that will increase capacity, add shops, and replace the rail shed with a glass and green roof. Work begun a few months ago.
Regent Park redevelopment
Regent Park is a failed community housing project built decades ago. It is being demolished bit by bit and replaced by mixed income properties. The market rate units are indistinguishable from the subsidized units. Red brick 3 storey buildings coming down, glass towers going up!
West Don Lands development started
The West Don Lands is a massive tract of former industrial land directly to the east of downtown Toronto. It is being converted into a new community that will house thousands of new residents. The West Don Lands is the area bounded by green. It will house the athlete's village for the 2015 Pan American Games then be sold as condos. Work begun last year.
East Bayfront development started
East Bayfront is another massive tract of former industrial land between downtown and the West Don Lands. Work begun last year on its transformation into a brand new part of the city. It is the area in the forefront along the lakeshore. The first building on the lakeshore is now complete. It's the one furthest to the left in the render below.
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50 100m+ buildings constructed
Toronto's urban fabric is undergoing a massive transformation with the construction boom now 6 years long with no signs of slowing. Almost everything in the first render is now built. Almost everything in the second render is built or under construction. The downtown skyline has grown enormously since 2000.
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- Toronto's foreign born population breached the 50% barrier in 2010.
- Toronto enacted a green belt around the city to curtail sprawl and encourage intensification.