The first image is how the pier looks today. The second image is how it looked in 1954. What a difference! Black and white photo courtesy of Toronto Public Library Digital Archives.
There is quite a concentration of tall buildings on Bloor Street starting at Yonge and going east. Note the sun streaming between buildings down Bloor street which stretches off into the sunset. If you look carefully you can identify Yonge and Bloor by the tall building under construction (1 Bloor East currently at 46/75 storeys) and the CIBC and Hudson’s Bay buildings.
From this point of view you can see how many more tall buildings we have – evidence that Toronto has more towers going up than any other city in North America. In the foreground, notice how large the Canadian National Exhibition grounds are and particularly how massive the Direct Energy conference centre is. It is the biggest squat square building in between the expressway and the lakeshore boulevard. And to the far right is the permanently sleepy Ontario Place. And finally I love how you can see the 32-year-deceased Hearn power plant on the other side of town in the barren port lands (reddish building with huge smokestack near water).