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Development Infrastructure Parks Travels Walking

Visiting America’s other urban railway park

On a road trip early this summer, my spouse and I paid a visit to New York and Philadelphia. In New York, we walked the famous High Line, which revitalized an abandoned elevated freight railway corridor, transforming it into a popular grade-separated walking path on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. While in Philadelphia, I made a […]

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Infrastructure Maps Ontario Politics Roads Toronto Transit

GO Transit is broken – and other transit updates

GO Transit is broken. So far, I have seen no initiative from Metrolinx or any level of government to fix it. That should outrage all of us.

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Roads Toronto Urban Planning Walking

Deadly by design: Warden and Comstock

On Thursday, July 21, 2022, at 3:10 PM, a 38-year-old man was standing at a street corner in Scarborough, waiting for a signal to safely cross to the other side. Before he even had the chance to enter the intersection of Warden Avenue at Comstock Road, a driver of a 2009 silver Kia minivan heading south […]

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Hikes Ontario Transit

An idea with merit

Restoring Merritton Station in St. Catharines can only benefit Niagara-bound travelers

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History Intercity Rail Toronto

Toronto’s secret station stairways

The hidden stairways to Toronto’s railway heritage.

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Infrastructure Roads Toronto Transit

A front row seat to Toronto’s Carmaggedon

The new Union Station Bus Terminal doesn’t work with Toronto’s weekend traffic. On Saturday, July 2, it took nearly an hour to get off the Gardiner and into the terminal.

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History Maps Ontario Roads

From lake to lake: the story of Hurontario Street

Ontario’s first roads were trade routes established by First Nations, including the Toronto Carrying Place, which linked Lake Ontario, Lake Simcoe, and Lake Huron. These routes followed the topology and existing water courses, making navigation simple and avoiding steep hills. Many modern streets, such as Toronto’s Davenport Road, follow these old trails. With the establishment […]

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Infrastructure Roads Urban Planning

The tragedy of East Buffalo

Just two blocks away from the Jefferson Avenue Tops supermarket is Buffalo’s Kensington Expressway. The high-speed roadway, built with New York State funding, was built in the late 1950s to connect Downtown Buffalo with the New York State Thruway and the airport. The highway went through Buffalo’s East Side, historically Polish-American neighbourhoods that were becoming […]

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Intercity Rail Ontario Transit Travels

The long way to London

New transit options make it easier to get around Southwestern Ontario. But as new carriers enter the market, it is wise to expect the unexpected.

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Infrastructure Intercity Rail Maps Ontario Transit

New carriers, old gaps: the state of Ontario’s intercity transportation network in 2022

With university and college campuses reopening for in-class instruction, white-collar workers slowly returning to the office, and pandemic restrictions receding, there are more intercity transport options in Ontario than at any time prior to March 2020.

However, the same old gaps continue to linger.