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Brick Works might get gondola connecting to Danforth

A proposal for a gondola connection the Don Valley Brick Works with the Danforth is back in the headlines today. The idea of a Toronto gondola has been floating around for half a decade, though the latest iteration admittedly sounds more serious than previous rumblings about aerial transportation in the city.

The Star reports that local company Bullwheel International Cable Car Corp. has proposed a gondola project for the Don Valley Brick Works, which would serve both a practical function and as a tourist attraction. Leaving from the Danforth near Broadview Station, the cable cars would make the one kilometre trip down the valley in roughly eight minutes.

What would it all cost? Bullwheel estimates the project would come in at $20 to $25 million. There's really not much infrastructure required for cable car systems -- in this case, six towers, the lines, and the cars (of which there would be about 40).

Yes, it may be an over-the-top idea, but it's not actually that expensive in the grand scheme of things. Toronto's ravine system is one of the city's most beautiful features. Highlighting it with a gondola system would actually be quite appropriate. A public information session for the project is scheduled on March 8 at Estonian House (958 Broadview Ave.).

Would Toronto benefit from a gondola to the Don Valley? Share your thoughts in the comments.

Photo by Danielle Nelson on Flickr.


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