What Toronto's Skyline Will Look Like in 2020

I've come across this article in Canadian Business three times in the last two days, so I figured if you haven’t seen it yet – you’ve got to!

“What Toronto’s Skyline Will Look Like In 2020″
By: Trevor Melanson
Canadian Business
September 24th, 2012

You may have heard that Toronto is putting up more skyscrapers than any other North American city—by a long shot, in fact.

There are currently 184 skyscrapers and highrises under construction, according to Emporis, a provider of building and construction data. And despite warnings of a Canadian real estate bubble (including our own), there are hundreds more planned.

So what sort of visual impact will all this new development have on the city? Well, there’s a lot of concept art floating around the Internet, but I found these less glamorous photos from a forum post the most interesting.

One of the forum regulars (who goes by the name Insertnamehere—yes, that’s actually his or her username, not an editor’s note I forgot to come back to) used Google Earth to generate a 3-D skyline that included all of the planned and partly-finished skyscrapers going up in Toronto.

Insertnamehere even went so far as to colour-code them:

  • WHITE = the project has had preliminary renders, but no application has been submitted.
  • RED = the project has submitted an application to the city
  • GREEN = the project has been approved, but has yet to start construction
  • YELLOW = the project is currently in sales
  • BLUE = the project is currently under construction

Check them out:


Okay, now compare those futuristic photos of Toronto in 2020 with an actual photo of Toronto in 1932:


I love these old photos!

Actually, I just love the city of Toronto! Now, I wonder how much will change along the Oakville/Burlington waterfront in the next seven years. How much has changed over the last century?

I know we’re not some 2,000 year old town in Europe, but we have our own history, and downtown is chalk-full of buildings with historical significance.

Free coffee to whoever can create similar augmented images for the Oakville/Burlington waterfront!


Thank you for reading.

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