In the wake of last week’s report on the worrying state of heritage building preservation in Toronto, this video tribute to buildings from the city’s past feels especially poignant. Though we’d have liked to have seen more information included about each building, the archival photographs included here are powerfully evocative, and the cumulative effect of seeing so many significant buildings that have been taken down is equally powerful. A vision of a different Toronto emerges—part memory, part projection of how the city might look had we retained more of these buildings—and with it some important questions about the extent to which we as a City have valued and should value these historical outposts.
People are fond of saying that Toronto is a young city. It’s true, but it’s also self-fulfilling: it’s by thinking of ourselves as so young that we come to be careless of the history we have.
Hat tip to Deconstructed City.
[ : We just learned the name of the creator of this video—we had emailed the YouTube user account several times without hearing back, and weren’t previously sure. Credit for creating this video goes to Nicholas J. Thompson. Our thanks to one of our readers for letting us know.]