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Carlton from Fresh Prince posted all over Carlton St.

Posted by Natalia Manzocco / August 30, 2014

carlton fresh prince torontoRight now, that big, fancy Loblaws at Maple Leaf Gardens is the second-most awesome thing about Carlton St. Some wonderful anonymous person, looking to bring joy and mirth to all of our lives this Labour Day long weekend, has papered telephone polls along Carlton St. with photos of Carlton, stodgy conservative cousin to "Will Smith" and No. 1 Tom Jones fan of all time on the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

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A loner's guide to the 5 least used TTC subway stations

Posted by Chris Bateman / August 30, 2014

toronto subwayFinding peace and quiet on the Toronto subway is a difficult task--and that's a good thing. Without people to crowd its platforms, pack its streetcars and stuff its buses, the TTC wouldn't exist, at least not as we know and (mostly) love it today.

There are, however, places on the subway and Scarborough RT where riders are more likely to find themselves alone, or at least part of a very small crowd. (In fact, there's one stop in particular where passengers are almost certain to be alone, save for the fare booth attendant, outside of rush hour.)

Here's a loner's guide to the quietest stations on the TTC.

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How much crime is there on the TTC?

Posted by Chris Bateman / August 29, 2014

TTC crimeThe Toronto Transit Commission might be "The Better Way," but is it the safer way? TTC property is fitted with numerous safety features--CCTV, security mirrors, public telephones, intercoms, and designated waiting areas--and the new streetcars, which begin rolling out this weekend, will come with the same yellow Passenger Assistance Alarms found on the subway. Despite the security, crime still occurs, but how safe is the TTC compared to other transit systems?

The TTC keeps a record of offences against customers and staff--assaults, thefts, sexual assaults that involved police attention--and publishes the numbers in the monthly CEO's report. Over the last 12 months, there were 413 recorded offences against customers and 398 against TTC staff, a total of 811 incidents in roughly 528 million trips. The odds of experiencing a crime on the TTC were about 667,000 to 1.

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Waterfront LRT back on Toronto's transit roadmap

Posted by Derek Flack / August 29, 2014

waterfront lrt torontoTwo of Toronto's top bureaucrats are pushing to bring a waterfront LRT to Toronto. TTC CEO Andy Byford and City Manager Joe Pennachetti have already had talks with the provincial government about a line stretching across the foot of the city, which would ease congestion on Lake Shore Blvd. and the Gardiner Expressway.

Rather than taking the proposal to city council first, the two are trying to secure provincial and federal funds for the project prior to a formal debate. It's a savvy move, and one that just might bypass the flip-flopping that has characterized Toronto's transit plans over the last decade or so.

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Toronto postcards from the 1980s

Posted by Derek Flack / August 29, 2014

Toronto postcard 1980sToronto postcards from the 1980s are a bit more difficult to come by than you might think. While we're blessed with a huge collection of these bits of nostalgia from the 1970s, less have made their way online from the decade that followed. That said, it's irresistible for me to pull together than ones that are floating around out there because I just love Toronto of the 1980s. During this period, the city was at once modern and sparse, on the brink of the condo development boom that would so drastically transform its landscape in the decades that followed.

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New in Toronto real estate: The Ossington Townhomes

Posted by Derek Flack / August 28, 2014

ossington townhomesThe Ossington Townhomes is a luxury development on Ossington just north of Dupont. While located significantly north of the section of the street known as the epicentre of cool (one should always doubt such designations), it's hard to argue against the location, which offers easy access to a ton of amenities but is quiet enough to appeal to those looking for something away from the bustle of downtown.

From a design standpoint, these are less modern than some of the recent developments we've seen. According to the developer, the idea is to inject some British flair into the neighbourhood, which basically ensures that the project features architecture that's on the conservative side. Given the neighbourhood's existing architecture, that's probably not going to bother current residents one bit.

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