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Google's Very Unflattering Image Of Scarborough Has Got Torontonians Talking

Have they even heard of the Bluffs?
Scarborough Google Picture Is So Unflattering That It's Got Torontonians Debating

For a lot of people, the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about Toronto is the CN Tower or an amazing view of Lake Ontario. When you Google other areas of the GTA, too, you get some beautiful images. But it seems Scarborough has got the short end of the stick.

UPDATE: On Wednesday, November 20, Toronto Mayor John Tory tweeted to thank Google for "taking quick action to resolve the Scarborough photo issue."

Googling the name of the area no longer appears to bring up the unflattering photo.

Tory added: "Scarborough is a wonderful part of Toronto."

EARLIER: If you search the name of the area of Toronto on Google, you'd probably expect and hope for a nice picture of the Scarborough Bluffs, right? No.

Failing that, how about a nice shot of the recognizable Scarborough Town Centre? Nah.

Toronto Zoo with all its exotic animals and open spaces? Nope.

What you get is a busted-down house. 

Deemed as the perfect picture to illustrate Scarborough in all its glory is an under-renovation house which collapsed back in February 2019.

As you can see from that article, the photo in question was actually taken by a Global News photojournalist to show the extent of the damage.

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Now, it's the very first picture that pops up when Googling Scarbs. We have to say, the removal of the context of the photo seems to have puzzled a lot of people.

Torontonians on Reddit joined in to discuss the matter and, clearly, some of the people who reside in the Scarborough area are not at all pleased.

In fact, some seem pretty offended and are insisting the area is not getting the recognition it actually deserves.

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Others, though, find that the picture fits the city perfectly. Some of them are finding it pretty funny.

"Funny, cause that’s exactly what I picture when I think of Scarborough," says one Twitter user. 

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"Despite that house being a dump it still probably goes for 800k," reads one comment, and the commenter might have a point. 

Scarborough is actually on the rise in at least one way, although not necessarily in the way you'd want. It turns out it has the second-fastest-rising rent in all of Canada, second only to Hamilton, Ontario.

Clearly, anyway, Scarborough is more than just a broken-down house. Although, it seems it's been decided it's more suited to a weed production facility than a two-rink hockey training facility.

Scarborough actually has plenty to offer. The Bluffs are famous, of course, and they're even getting improvements right now, too.

So, come on, Google. Scarborough isn't that bad!

What would Scarborough-raised Jagmeet Singh, The Weeknd, Lilly Singh, and Andre DeGrasse say? We dread to think.

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