This site is meant to introduce you to the Toronto that you do not see on postcards or calendars. There are communities in Toronto that do not receive recognition from the media, politicians or from people that do not live there. The Inner City has been established to introduce you to these neighbourhoods in and around Toronto and provide you with a perspective of the city that is more than the CN Tower and Yonge Street. The blog is changed everyday so be sure to check it out regularly.

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

'South Side Jane'

These two pictures were taken at Jane and Lawrence West. I like this corner; Panzerotto Pizza makes good pizza and any store here sees some unique characters once the sun sets. I guess some people consider this side of Hwy 401 on Jane Street 'South Side Jane.' I don't know what 'TGK' stands for though. {February 18th, 2006}

Sunday, February 26, 2006

International Auto Show

I hate what cars have done to cities but they are amazing pieces of machinery and they don't get better than these. Here are some pictures from Toronto's 2006 International Autoshow. {February 25th, 2006}

Mitsubishi Eclipse


Ford Mustang Saline

Ford Shelby Cobra

Audi A4

Porsche Cayenne

Porsche 911 Carrera

Saturday, February 25, 2006


Gould Street, Ryerson Univesity on both sides, Ryerson students on both sides and on the street. During peak times there are tons of student on this street. Ryerson is a very compact school for 20,000 students plus instructors {February 2nd, 2006}

Ryerson's new Student Campus Centre. It looks okay, a lot of room in front has already been proven useful. Like a lot of new buildings today, the walls inside are just exposed concrete. {January 23rd, 2006}

Ryerson has a mix of old and new buildings. On the right is Oakham House were students like to chill, eat and drink. On the left is the new engineering building. It looks pretty nice on the outside and okay on the inside. However, it wasn't cleverly designed because students get jumbled up at the most popular entrance/exit right at the street corner even though there is another one down the side of the building. {January 23rd, 2006}

An alley between two buildings off of Church street between Gerrard and Gould. The blue stand is for people in an emergency to call for security to help them. {January 25th, 2006}

This is some thing hanging in the new Student Campus Centre. I just thought it would make for a better picture than wall furnishing {February 2nd, 2006}

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Look up

I took these pictures one morning on the way to work {February 15th, 2006}

Tuesday, February 21, 2006


This is a neighbourhood on Pittsboro Drive off of Finch Ave West between Martin Grove and Albion. The first things you see when you drive down this dead-end road is either parked cars or garbage bins, or the garbage bin shelter. This is not a Toronto Community Housing neighbourhood but it is built similar to most TCH townhouse communities. {All February 12th, 2006}
Pittsboro Drive community from above. The road extending south from the curved road in the middle is Pittsboro. [Click to see better image] {Courtesy Google Earth}

Monday, February 20, 2006

Exbury 360

[CLICK ON THE IMAGE TO SEE IT PROPERLY] I went outside to brave the cold and the wind to get this pic. My camera came with a photo stitching program so it stitches the pics after I arrange them. My eyes were watering and my hands were frozen but my first 360 photograph is worth it. I hope to take more like this one very soon. {February 19th, 2006}

Sunday, February 19, 2006


An ambulance in front of my building {February 18th, 2006}

Saturday, February 18, 2006

ACC Skating

The Air Canada Centre opened up the ice for public skating today, February 17th, 2006. My friends and I took advantage of this opportunity to skate on 'the best ice in the NHL.' To be honest the ice wasn't that great and it was pretty crowded, but taking advantage of being in a spot in an amazing arena that I will most likely never stand in again was worth it. It also provided some interesting pictures. The ACC was ranked as one of the top five best entertainment venues.{All February 17th, 2006}

The Air Canada symbol on the bottom of the central scoreboard.

Different ends of the arena.

Center ice. The women standing on the Maple Leafs logo is a news anchor from CBC Newsworld.

Friday, February 17, 2006

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Broken Glass: Where in TO

Can you guess where in Toronto I took this picture. The caution tape doesn't signify a murder, just a broken glass window. See if you can tell where this spot is in Toronto. It shouldn't be hard, look closer and if you know the city well enough you'll get it. {Both February 15th, 2006}

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Rolls Royce

This is a Rolls Royce. I'm not sure what year it is, nor does my car-expert cousin. If I had a more detailed picture he'd tell me what year and probably what type of engine is under the hood. You can tell its on King Street because of the sign on the right, but this hotel had dozens of expensive and exotic cars in its parking lot. Check out parking lots of expensive hotels and you'll see some rare cars. {February 1st, 2006}

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Lansdowne Bus

I haven't actually seen a garbage bag on one of these hooks in at least 10 years. (This is my backpack) {February 10th, 1006}

These not so old buses the TTC got in the 1990s waste so much space with these spots that say 'KEEP OFF.' I remember when they had ones similar to this one on Dufferin in the summer and when the night was done at The Ex these buses were jam packed and people put their kids up there. {February 10th, 2006}

Monday, February 13, 2006

401 sunset

Driving towards the light on Hwy 401. These two pictures were taken at dusk on Highway 401 westbound while going over the giant hump between Hwy 400 and Weston Road. From this height on the highway your looking over factories on both side and can see for a long distance. You can't actually see what your driving towards but from this perspective you can see the sun setting. You can see all the way to downtown and north to Steeles and view the entire Jane Street skyline. You could probably see to Vaughan if it had any buildings taller than a tree to recognize. Highway 400 between Finch and Steeles gives a similar view to the west. From there you can see the Kipling skyline and out to Brampton. Click on image to enlarge for a better view.{All pictures from February 12th, 2006}

Sunday, February 12, 2006

Parkdale Pigeons

The free english classes sign at the top right of this building is a testimony to the residents who live in Parkdale. According to 2001 census data Polish, Tagalog(Philipino) and Vietnamese are the second, third and forth most popular home and mother-tongue languages after English. In 2001, almost 26% of the residents here moved to Canada between 1996 and 2001. Check out Pardale Statistics at {February 10th, 2006}

While we were venturing through Parkdale a bird lady threw food all over the sidewalk for the dozens of pigeons that apparently reside in this neighbourhood. We were a little too close for comfort but it made for a couple of decent shots. {February 10th, 2006}

They all-at-once took off down King Street West after they finished all the food she had left.{February 10th, 2006}
Once we had crossed the street she came back and consequently the birds came back too. Through all of this luckily none of these birds left their marks on us!{February 10th, 2006}

Saturday, February 11, 2006


Yesterday Khalij-Khazar and myself were down at Parkdale braving the cold for the photographs. Parkdale was practically forced down by government interventions in the past. First they sliced through the south end with the Gardiner Expressway in the early 1960s seperating the community from its greatest amenity, the lakeshore, then they deinstitutionalized people from the psychiatric institution on Queen Street West so the mentally challenged people were forced into the local community. It brought property rates down and caused homes to degrade because many started to sublet apartments and such. Today Parkdale is still an attractive neighbourhood with lively streets and its own culture. Learn more about Parkdale at Toronto Neighbourhoods and see more pics at Nima's Sermon. {All pictures are February 10th, 2006}

This is Jameson Avenue in Parkdale. Both sides of the street are lined with mid-rise apartment buildings that, from what I've heard, are not in great condition. They line the street beautifully and create a true urban feel. Walking down this street we ran to some interesting characters like a bird feeder, an old black guy that we think called us snitches, several dog walkers, and several beautiful asian ladies. Very attractive neighbourhood.

Observe the line-up of buildings along Jameson. Tight together, close to the street, and parking at the back. It reminds me of places in New York, I wish more of Toronto looked like this, very few do.

A beautiful building made amazing by the rare bold pillars and the intricate design at the top.

This building is at Lansdowne and Queen Street West. It is most likely a 20th century building but it looks almost new.

A row of houses, both small and large, on King Street West east of Roncesvalles.

King West is lined with beautiful apartment buildings like these.