What Toronto's downtown looked like 40 years ago

What Toronto's downtown looked like 40 years ago

Below is a comparison of aerial imagery from 1977 and 2016 in the City of Toronto's downtown core. Click on the map below to switch between years.

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The Toronto Star moved into One Yonge Street six years ago (1971)
These railyards will eventually become City Place
The CN Tower opened one year prior (1976)
The skyline is dominated by the four big banks surrounding King and Bay
The Esplanade is mostly open parking space
Roy Thompson and Metro Hall are about to replace the existing rail yard/parking lot
The Eaton's store opens this year
It has already been a decade since the Leafs won the stanley cup at Maple Leaf Gardens
The Spadina Expressway was cancelled just six years prior
Robart's Library opened four years earlier

Access the source imagery for 1977 and 2016 by clicking on the respective years. Thanks to the City of Toronto and Toronto Archives for making this information accessible.

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