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Concrete Toronto Excerpt – Concrete High-Rise


Though the vastness of Toronto’s suburbs is often bemoaned as unplanned sprawl, their shape tells a different story. Containing extensive parks and protected natural systems, transit infrastructure, industrial zones, cultural and community facilities, universities, modern planned communities and, perhaps most noteworthy, hundreds upon hundreds of high-density concrete high-rise apartment buildings, Toronto’s ‘metro’ suburbs showcase a process of metropolitan growth highly affected by regional and modern planning. Financed by the economic boom of the ’60s and ’70s, these expansive areas of Toronto take on a form unique to North America and perhaps the world.