When a Skyscraper Reminds You Of Home… You’re City
This one goes out to all my Canadian readers especially those in Toronto
I realized today that I was happy to see that a new building was going up in my neighborhood. I thought that will really clean up this area. And of course, I was right. The project is called something like… the clean city project, and it’s intention is to update and uplift (more like face lift) the urban core of downtown Toronto. Which also happens to be where my little abode lies. Bay street is teeming with condo buildings and some really fabulous people that live in them. And Bay street is good… but Yonge definitely needs a little help.
Truth is, when I moved to Toronto 6 years ago, I was afraid of Yonge street and avoid it when I could. It’s no longer like that. Mind you… that could just be my familiarity. Regardless, the streets are being cleaned up but not because of street-sweepers or inmate garbage clean-up crews… no, these streets are being cleaned up by the condo buildings and office buildings that will occupy them. Personally I don’t mind at all.
If I lived in a city with few high rises, I might have something to say… join some “Save the Skies” campaign or something… but since the sky is already swallowed up with more than 144 high rises… I’ve accepted it. And not only have I accepted it. But I call it home.
Whenever I see a building that rises more than 50 stories, I smile from ear to ear. IT’S JUST COOL! Not only because it’s a feat of engineering, but also because it booms CITY! You won’t find a tall building in a town… why? because it’s cheaper to build out rather than up. But life in the city is exciting and vivid and building up is the purest form of that excitement.
Did I mention I live above a 24 hour grocery store that I don’t have to go outside to get to… how sweet is that. My building also connects to the subway system… Okay now I’m just bragging.
My point is… “City Slicker”… I’ll happily take that title.
Don’t even get me started on New York!
What do you prefer? the city? Or the suburbs? Or would you sooner build a hut out of mud and call that “home?” Let me know in the comments.
Photo and video by Ryan Edmond