In Toronto’s pedestrian-only Distillery District the continent’s best-preserved collection of Victorian industrial architecture has been brilliantly restored. The district offers visitors a glimpse into the 19th century amongst modern-day boutiques, art galleries and restaurants. Like Chelsea Market in New York City, Toronto’s Distillery District is a great example of adaptive reuse.
The High Line in New York City is one of the most well-known elevated parks, but around the world there are many similar urban reclamation projects underway. The success of the High Line inspired many other cities around the world to reuse and rethink space around old rail lines. Here are 10 plans from Europe, Canada, Australia, Asia, the United States and Mexico.
These are our picks for this week’s Best of Untapped Cites Photo Pool. Remember to hashtag your pictures with #untappedcitie to have your photos featured! Keep an eye on what everyone is snapping by viewing our live feed.
This week, we wanted to highlight all the urban exploration and city finds our readers have been photographing on Instagram and Twitter all around the world. Hashtag #untappedcities and follow Untapped Cities on Instagram to get your photos featured in this weekly roundup.
Instagrammer @laraelmayan shows us this Art Deco facade in the Manhattan’s Financial District with a surprisingly warm glow:
Even though Toronto is engulfed in developments, experts say, it’s not as dense as other cities. Photo: Justin Robertson
Toronto is seeing a shift. Young professionals and empty nesters are being drawn to downtown as part of a North American trend where city cores are being re-invented. No longer does the suburban home with a garage constitute as “living the dream.” Living in a small space in the heart of downtown close to transit, grocery stores and theaters is the dangling carrot for the “eco-boomer” [born between 1972 and 1992] generation.