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I'm rather surprised anyone would think this thread seems gritty; the set really doesn't seem gritty at all to me. It seems typically flar-style, ie. colourful, funky, textured, random,"step into the picture" realism.
Overall, Toronto's actual urbanism isn't exactly what I'd call gritty either. There are a few gritty parts, but generally it's just a random, spontaneous, jumbled mess of urbanity.
Coming into a central city should be like coming into a house - you take off your boots before you go inside and you take off your car before you go downtown.
Nice pictures! Almost each one gives me memories of my time in Toronto in the summer. I especially like the one on the Gardiner Expressway of the view of the skyscrapers. I love that view in person as I drive into the city.
I wasn't sure if the thread title was meant to be ironic, or an accurate description, but I'll assume it to be "in spite of". Great shots as always. Noted that #29 looks like Toronto's version of an Eastern Canadian/NL row house, which I hadn't seen before.
I'm rather surprised anyone would think this thread seems gritty; the set really doesn't seem gritty at all to me. It seems typically flar-style, ie. colourful, funky, textured, random,"step into the picture" realism. .
All of which can be "gritty". "Gritty" doesn't just mean rundown hellhole.