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One Last Look At The City From Above In 2012
December 31, 2012
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Well, 2012 is almost done. And what better way to say goodbye than with these stunning shots of a city at night, taken from seemingly impossible vantage point.

The city in question is Toronto, and the impressive heights were achieved by, well, sneaking around. The anonymous photographer, who posts at mildlyreactive.tumblr.com, is a big fan of the hobby called "rooftopping."

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As he or she explains it, "it's just when people climb on top of roofs. Some of active buildings, some of construction sites. Simple enough."

Except, of course, it's not allowed: "these locations are legally out of bounds. Whether it be the roof of an active high-rise or the current top floor of an under construction building, these are off-limits to the public."

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So what drives our mysterious photographer to make these potentially dangerous climbs? "Part of my mentality when I'm going on these explorations is that I am reclaiming my bit of the city... I may not own any of this, and perhaps never will, but at least I can see it. I can see the city from above, at 3 in the morning when I have the entire building to myself."

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If you're out late tonight partying, maybe take a second and look up, way up. You might just catch a camera lens looking down.

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