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Canada's largest city, Toronto, has in the past mainly "sprawled", sprouting new rings of suburbia increasingly far away from the city itself. The automobile lifestyle. But in the past 10-15 years a new species of urban plant has grown like a weed, mainly at the Southern end of the city bordering Lake Ontario. It was big banks and other corporate organizations that built the first tall glass towers downtown, mainly for offices and stores. Now it is glass condo towers, conglomerations of highrises with thousands of residents each. The new cityscape exerts a strange fascination somewhere between wonder and alienation. This video documents the new glass neighborhoods that have been built around Fort York, site of a British military installation in the late 18th century that marks the beginning of modern Toronto. (Of course, there were "Indians" there before, but not always easy to see.) The neighborhood is dissected by the downtown's major expressway. It is walking distance to the "old" downtown.

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