Photo-Explore

Between work and classes, I’ve been adventuring around Toronto for the last bit. As I said in my last post, I checked out Doors Open Toronto two weeks back, which let me see more of the city than what is normally open to see. Problem is, that means I have a lot of pretty pictures and not much else :p So, I wanted to share some of them with you and the stories behind them, so that next year you can start exploring some of these places, too. Each have completely different purposes, in very unique buildings built in completely different eras. Some you’d have to walk to, others you’ll have to get clearance to see before the next Doors Open. these are just a small sample of all the places you can go in Toronto.

Nathan Phillips Square, taken from Canon Architecture at 200 University Avenue.

Nathan Phillips Square, taken from Canon Architecture at 200 University Avenue.

Nathan Phillips Square is right in the middle of all places tourist and business-y, and it’s pretty and all, but all I can think of looking at it is that somewhere in that building is an angry overweight crack smoker. The other image that comes to mind is the final fight of Resident Evil 2. Ruins the whole peaceful park like idea going on. Also, running by here at night can be sketch due to the lack of any real lighting on University between Queen and Dundas at side walk level. I’ve been here for New Years once, trying to leave with thousands of other people after midnight… as a result, this square doesn’t really do anything for me but look pretty from a distance.

The view from a Toronto Community Housing rooftop garden, on Ontario & College.

The view from a Toronto Community Housing rooftop garden, on Ontario & College.

One of the other places I stopped at was a Community Housing building just off of College on Ontario Street. Surrounded by a bunch of older apartment buildings, this didn’t have anything to see inside; all it was offering was the amazing view from the roof. The managers had commissioned a garden a few years ago, to take advantage of the space, and you can see all the way down to the lake from the top. It was the second I had been on – the first was on top of the next building, a collection of offices, art houses, and cooperatives in an 18th century factory. bridge   You can check out a picture of the roof in my last post, but this bridge was more interesting to me. You know, cuz usually there aren’t just bridges halfway through a building that aren’t really used for much and also happens to have centuries-old wood. This whole place is like a giant maze, and around each corner is some other left-leaning organization that makes you feel good about the world and our future. There’s also a organic fair-trade coffee shop that I walked through with Starbucks – awks.

A whole other kind of bridge; this is taken underneath a Mount Pleasant bridge.

A whole other kind of bridge; this is taken underneath a Mount Pleasant bridge.

Another thing I’ve been doing lately is going on runs downtown, usually at night to avoid running in thirty degree weather. with the weather all of a sudden deciding to be colder again, I’ve gotten back into the parks and ended up underneath this bridge between Lawrence and Eglinton on Mount Pleasant. At night I stick more to the roads, so I’ve ran down University, Yonge and as of today Mount Pleasant & Jarvis to get downtown.

Going up at TD Center on King.

Going up at TD Center on King.

The CN Tower from Canada Life Tower.

The CN Tower from Canada Life Tower.

That’s all the pics I have right now! If you’re in Toronto, get out on the streets and take some pictures. Also, I want to share this 40 second leak of Gaga with y’all, which is currently on repeat and has been for ten minutes!!!

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