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Old Posted Jan 13, 2014, 8:23 AM
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Yeah I miss the days when office buildings dominated the skyline. Too many residential towers now

Anyways here's Vancouver in 1988

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Awesome shot!
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Old Posted Jan 13, 2014, 2:34 PM
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Is it just me or does anyone else sometimes feel like the late 70's skyline looked better than today's?
Nope. I personally have never thought that.

Although back then the CN Tower's dominance was more pronounced and striking, as was intended: which is why I don't at all support the huge towers of the Oxford proposal.

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As impressed as I am at the density of the city now, there are times & views where it looks like one big mess. Perhaps its the lack of a defining building(s) that really dominates the landscape like FCP did back that makes the skyline just feel somewhat less imposing, at least from afar.
The monotony of blue-green glass towers? Ya, it's getting a bit messy. The skyscrapers around the Gardiner in particular need more varieties of architecture and building material colours.

Red, please.
Red would bounce off all that green glass nicely.
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Old Posted Jan 13, 2014, 2:38 PM
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Yeah I miss the days when office buildings dominated the skyline. Too many residential towers now.
The days of all-out sprawl can go to hell. Bring on more residential towers.
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Old Posted Jan 13, 2014, 2:41 PM
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Can Calgary Out-Hick Toronto, question of the day?

Black Creek between Finch and Steeles - 1910



Sentinel and Finch




Jane-Finch Mafia Mofos!! 1948 Actually Finch between Jane and Keele to be exact


Steeles and Jane - 1925


Intersection of Jane and Finch - Showing Farming Plots - 1942


All from the website: http://jane-finch.com/history/ruralroots.htm
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Thanks for those early shots of Ford Nation.
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Old Posted Jan 13, 2014, 8:06 PM
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Jane and Finch is Ford Nation Central.

He probably has more support there than Scarborough. ( And not just the crackheads and drug dealers)

Immigrants seem to love Rob Ford, and there's a shitload of them there in Jane-Finch Mafia.
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Old Posted Jan 13, 2014, 8:32 PM
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The pre-2000s Toronto skyline's dominant feature was its highly visible core of office buildings, including what are today, still Toronto's best skyscrapers. Today, the predominant feature of the skyline is its sheer size.
If by best you mean most depressing and soulless. The residential boom of Toronto or Vancouver have made the skylines suddenly seem like a place people live, not a place people sit it cubicles feeling their lives drain away. A residential skyline is always nicer is my opinion.
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Hamilton:

Looking north on James Street South, 1930:

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Looking west from above Balsam Avenue along Barton Street. The Royal Connaught Hotel and the Pigott Building can be seen in the upper left (undated):

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Aerial view of James Street, the original block of business and finance in Hamilton (undated):

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Downtown aerial before Jackson Square, the Art Gallery, Hamilton Place, the Convention Centre, Commerce Place, etc:

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Jackson Square under construction, 1972:

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You know you can tell Vancouver's glory days were the 90's.

That 1988 shot seems weak compared to the Vancouver of Today.
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Yeah I miss the days when office buildings dominated the skyline. Too many residential towers now

Anyways here's Vancouver in 1988

Is there the equivalent picture of that angle of Vancouver, but showing the city today ? It's an amazing spectacle.
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Yeah I miss the days when office buildings dominated the skyline. Too many residential towers now

Anyways here's Vancouver in 1988

Truly amazing that this is from 1988 and already the old Expo 86 site on False Creek is deserted. Today it is just plugged full of green glazed condos! Thanks for sharing Dylan!
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^ Even though Vancouver's modern skyline is dominated by '90s and '00s condos and hotels, that shot shows that even in 1988, the city had some decent density, particularly in the West End and CBD. I have to wonder what a place like Yaletown was like back then, though.
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From my grandma's 1922 geography book: the page on Calgary. "showing new Bridge"
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For interest's sake, here's what the front cover looks like:
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I just love the on-and-on-ness of Vancouver. Everywhere you look, there's more urban, built-up areas.
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