Along Yonge Street, the rise of new condominiums is unstoppable. In my 8 years in the greater Toronto area (GTA) several structures have been built; mostly condominiums. Being an immigrant, I am very privileged to be see the improvements in the city urban centre.
While I was walking down the longest street in the world (Yonge Street), I noticed a busy construction site. As builders were concentrated about their craft, I stop and stand there for a while and observed them. Then after a few minutes I lift my camera and take an image. Then one of the builders ask me to erase the picture I took. I said, "I’m sorry," then in my surprise he ask me “Is that a film camera?” and I said yes. He smiled at me and said, “ah okay”. I smiled and walked away. I came to realize that film is better than digital in this situation.
Although there's an improvement for the city, there are also disadvantages. The constant presence of construction heavy equipment and road closures. People in Toronto become frustrated because of traffic congestion, diversion of public transportation, and the concern about the debris in the construction sites.
In final thoughts, walking in the street of Toronto is a privilege as an immigrant (come from the Philippines) and the diversity of the city is amazing.
A simple smile can change the world.