The building next door to my workplace — 176 Spadina Avenue — is being demolished (presumably to be replaced by a newer, shinier building). It’s too close to the surrounding buildings to use a wrecking ball (which would’ve been cool) or explosives (which would’ve been even cooler) to take it down. Instead, they brought in demolition shears. They’re essentially giant pliers that are used to pull the building apart. The shears dismantle the building as if it were a pig roast, while an excavator scoops away the building chunks like so much pulled pork.
The demolition drew a crowd, which included Yours Truly. I took some photos, which you can see in this Flickr set or in the slideshow below.