There was a time when our hostel brochures included the boast, “Located in the shadow of the CN Tower”. Like everything in our hostel literature, it was absolutely true.
We are situated in the heart of the “Entertainment District of Toronto”. Go out of our front door, look to your right…and voila! The CN Tower!
WE are not going anywhere. The CN TOWER is not going anywhere. But it is soon to dissappear from our view!
Our city is in the midst of an unprecendented building boom.
As we write this, Toronto currently has 148 high rise condos and skyscrapers under construction. By comparison #2 (New York City) has 59; and #3 (Chicago) 22!
You can stand in a single spot on the street a block from the hostel and count dozens (literally) of construction crane towers peircing the sky. (And this does not factor in the many buildings that are still in the excavation stages of development).
At last count, there were 14 high rises (40 story plus) planned or underway on our block or within two blocks of our hostel’s front door!
There is a sliver of land wedged between Toronto’s elevated expressway and an off-ramp that pumps traffic into downtown. This has become the epicenter of Toronto’s construction boom. In this area, towers between 40 stories and 75 stories have or are being built are so numerous, that it defies our efforts to count them.
The Canadiana Backpackers Inn is comprised of 10 attached, Victoirian Era, 3 story residences (circa 1889) on a quiet street. And we are located in the centre of this constrction boom! (This is NOT hyperbole! It is a dead-bang fact!)
A tower at the foot of our street (a part of the one-full block epanse of the Toronto Film Festival Development) is rising at the rate of two floors a week! By month’s end, our once clear view of the landmark CN Tower (three blocks away) will be obliterated.
To all of our old Canadiana past guests and friends, come on back and see the areas you may no longer recognize! It is radical change indeed; but, just it is the price of progress.
And it is actually kind of nice in a very exciting way!
We are losing the hostel’s dramatic view of the CN Tower a mere three blocks away!