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What's the worst name for a building in Toronto?

Posted by Derek Flack / September 26, 2014

Rogers CentreNames matter. Just ask all those proud folks who live in the Junction Triangle, a neighbourhood that prior to a few years ago lacked an official designation. It's impossible to build an identity in the absence of nomenclature. Likewise, the wrong name can rob a place of the status that it might deserve. Yesterday we wrote about the most unfortunate renaming of Maple Leaf Square after a car manufacturer. In the grand scheme of things, it won't go down as one of the worst transgressions against (what functions as) public space, but the announcement didn't go without its fair share of concomitant facepalming.

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The birth of Late Night TV in Toronto

Posted by Ed Conroy / September 26, 2014

late night tv torontoFor a city chock-full of night owls, it's weird that Toronto didn't get 24-hour television until the fall of 1980. Back then, local broadcasters would tell viewers to go to sleep after the news by way of patriotic-but-slightly-ominous sign-offs, and run colour bars throughout the night until the early morning. No Jillian Michaels Body Revolution, Aero Knife or Flex Seal infomercials to keep insomniacs company, just the eerie drone of 400hz.

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What the new Harbour St. pedestrian bridge looks like

Posted by Derek Flack / September 25, 2014

harbour street pedestrian bridgeThe Harbour St. pedestrian bridge is almost ready to open, extending the PATH system from the Air Canada Centre to Waterpark Place at Queens Quay. Last weekend the final segment was installed in an elaborate procedure that lifted the the bridge over the Gardiner Expressway. Now that it's in place, the public can expect to start using the elevated corridor in early October. A formal opening is scheduled for December.

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The transit fan's guide to the 5 longest TTC routes

Posted by Chris Bateman / September 25, 2014

toronto queen streetcarSome TTC rides seem to take forever, others really are significantly longer than the others. Of the more than 150 bus, streetcar, and subway routes, only a handful break 40 kms while making a round trip. The longest of all covers more than 53 kms travelling end to end to end.

I had to be selective about which transit routes made the list. There are night buses that cover a greater distance than the city's longest line, the 54A Lawrence East (the 300A from Pearson to Warden station along the Bloor-Danforth route is a 75.97 km round trip, for example,) and some weekend routes that disappear on lengthy tangents, depending on the day of the week or the time of year. Both were left out.

The distances noted below represent the length of a return journey, because that's how the TTC measures the distances of its routes in its annual service summary (some routes take a different path depending on the direction.)

Here are the 5 longest transit routes in Toronto.

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How crowded will Toronto be in 2025?

Posted by Derek Flack / September 25, 2014

crowded toronto 2015Here's a scary scenario. According to a new ranking from Bloomberg, Toronto's population will increase to 6,682,061 by the year 2025, which represents a generational spike of 59.2 per cent, or 1,098,997 in the span of 14 years (the last census data dates back to 2011). That keeps our population per square mile (it's an American report) at greater density than New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago.

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Maple Leaf Square to be named after car manufacturer

Posted by Derek Flack / September 25, 2014

Maple Leaf Square FordMaple Leaf Square, that space between the Air Canada Centre and the eponymous condo tower directly across from the arena, is set to be renamed Ford Square as part of a major sponsorship deal with the car manufacturer (you can breathe a sigh of relief if you thought it had anything to do with our mayor). The move is classic Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, a company that's brilliant when it comes to capitalizing on branding opportunities when it comes to its prized hockey team.

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