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TTC buses might soon look a lot different

Posted by Derek Flack / August 24, 2016

new TTC bus designThe general paint scheme of TTC buses hasn't been revamped in a very long time, but that could be set to change as part of the Commission's overhaul program, which rebuilds and refurbishes the fleet to prolong its lifespan.

Photos of a TTC bus with a new paint scheme (or livery, as it's technically referred to) recently surfaced online, though it wasn't immediately clear whether they depicted an actual bus or were an example of some creative Photoshop work. We've seen plenty of mock rebrands in the past, but this new bus design is the real deal, at least in a limited capacity.

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A flashback to the gritty Toronto of the 1980s

Posted by Derek Flack / August 21, 2016

Toronto 1980sAvard Woolaver arrived in Toronto in September 1980 to study photography at what was then called Ryerson Polytechnical Institute. Coming from rural Nova Scotia, the young photographer was dazzled by the big city that he now called home and immediately started shooting. Fortunately for us, the record of these wonder years is now available as a book titled "Toronto Flashback."

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The top 33 iconic buildings in Toronto by neighbourhood

Posted by Derek Flack / August 21, 2016

Tower Automotive BuildingThe most iconic buildings in Toronto are not necessarily the oldest or the most architecturally significant, but instead the ones that we immediately conjure when we call to mind an image a of certain neighbourhood or part of the city. These are the buildings that frame Toronto's psychogeography, and exist as touchstones that help us to navigate the place we call home.

Here are my picks for the top iconic buildings in Toronto by neighbourhood.

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The top 5 day trips from Toronto if you don't have a car

Posted by Derek Flack / August 20, 2016

car free day trips torontoDay trips from Toronto are a ritual, but it can be tough to get in on the fun when you don't have access to a car. There are, however, some options worth exploring for the car-less among us. Whether it be through GO Transit or alternative services, it's possible to ditch Toronto in favour of the country with relatively little effort and expense even if you've never set foot behind the wheel.

Here are my picks for the top car-free day trips from Toronto.

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10 quirky things you might not know about the CNE

Posted by Derek Flack / August 20, 2016

CNE history torontoThe CNE is one of the longest running major events in Toronto, and with that deep history comes a whole lots of quirky facts and trivia. From freak shows to modernist architecture, the Ex has been home to a variety of fascinating cultural phenomenon over the years. We tend to forget some of this diverse history, but that makes it all the more fascinating to recall.

Here are 10 quirky things you might not know about the CNE.

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Major road closures this weekend in Toronto

Posted by Derek Flack / August 19, 2016

road closures torontoIt's a big weekend for road closures in Toronto with the return of Open Streets on August 21. The pedestrian celebration and recreational festival will shut down a major stretch of both Yonge and Bloor streets on Sunday, which should be on your radar. Fortunately, there are no scheduled TTC subway closures to add to the navigational challenge.

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