It’s hard to imagine Front Street as anything other than the bustling modern street it is today — but it wasn’t always boxed in by towering mirrored buildings. In the 1980s things were quite a bit smaller, and before 1973 the street was missing its iconic view of the CN Tower.

As BuzzBuzzNews has done with Bathurst Street and Spadina Avenue, we’ve lined up archival photos of Front Street from the City of Toronto and Toronto Public Library with present-day shots from BuzzBuzzNews’ James Bombales. Check out the then-and-now sliders below.

Front Street West and Bathurst Street, 1960

Front Street West and Bathurst Street, 1983

Front Street West and Portland Street, 1983

Front Street West and Spadina Avenue, 1972

Front Street West and Windsor Street, 1972

Front Street West and John Street, 1972

250 Front Street West, 1980s

Front Street West and Simcoe Street, 1972

Front Street West and University Avenue, 1972

Front Street West between York Street and Bay Street, 1950

Front Street West and Yonge Street, 1888

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