TTC Station Makeover

Which TTC station could most benefit from a makeover?

Last week I asked which TTC station is the fairest of them all, to which we received a healthy response that I'm in the process of converting into a more formal poll. In the meantime, however, let's explore a the other end of the spectrum: what are those TTC stations that could most benefit from a makeover?

This isn't the same as asking what are the ugliest TTC stations or to imply that, generally speaking, our subway system is actually in a sorry state of repair. The first question would likely end up being an exercise in modernism bashing or result in people noting that our stations aren't so much ugly as bland. And with regard to the potential implication that the subway is in rough shape, I just don't buy it. When City Councillor Joe Mihevc conducted a passenger audit of stations last August, for instance, the public interest wasn't there. While there are a number of possible reasons for this, one of them surely is the fact that, relatively speaking, our stations are in decent shape.

That's not, of course, to say perfect. What determines the need for a makeover could be as simple as a buildup of grime or broken light fixtures, two problems that plague Dupont, which was also an early frontrunner for most beautiful station. Or perhaps you've spotted accessibility issues or passenger bottlenecks on account of poor design? Maybe, like me, you wish that the TTC somehow had enough money to return certain stations back to their former tiled glory (see above photo).

Even if our subway stations aren't covered in trash and graffiti, there's a host of reasons why one might suggest a few for the makeover treatment. So, what are your nominees?

Photo by Jeremy Gilbert in the blogTO Flickr pool.


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