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.
The Portland of 30 years ago was more like Indianapolis than Boston--today, it's somewhere in the middle, and that's considerable progress, worthy of praise. - flint 07/10/2013