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Intercity Rail Ontario Transit Travels

A transit tour of central Ontario

A round trip from Toronto via Guelph, Owen Sound, and Barrie is the longest trip one can take using only local and regional transit services. Despite these new links, there is room for improvement.

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About me Design Infrastructure Roads Toronto

Shining a light on Toronto’s streetlamps

Street lighting is an important, yet overlooked, part of any city’s standard infrastructure. For over seventy years, Toronto’s streets were lit with an elegant and increasingly unique streetlamp design. But modern standards and a desire for standardization will see this change, just as Toronto’s streetcars and street signs have. Toronto Hydro, which is responsible for […]

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About me Infrastructure Roads Toronto Walking

Signs of recognition

New road signs and universal sidewalk snow clearance are big wins for pedestrians in Toronto.

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Architecture Canada History Intercity Rail

You can’t get there from here: Union Station’s lost cities

Union Station’s Great Hall is one of Toronto’s great indoor spaces. The station was constructed during Toronto’s first great building boom, in an era that began with E.J. Lennox’s Old City Hall (completed in 1899), and concluded with the completion of the Bank of Commerce Building, opened in 1931. Work on Union Station, built for […]

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Canada Ontario Transit

Greyhound Canada’s inevitable decline leaves a few gaps to fill

Though increasingly irrelevant to Canadians, Greyhound’s final departure leaves new gaps in Eastern Ontario. Megabus’ new Toronto-Ottawa route doesn’t meet those needs

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Infrastructure Maps Roads Toronto Walking

No exit? I’m walking here!

After I created a map showing where pedestrians can continue past a “no exit” sign in January, the City of Toronto is going to make changes for the better.

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Development Roads Toronto Transit Urban Planning Walking

Why pedestrian safety is a matter of justice for essential workers

A new Amazon fulfilment centre opened in northeast Toronto during the COVID-19 pandemic. Though we consider Amazon employees essential workers, a basic level of safety pedestrians and transit users is lacking.

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Parks Toronto

A failure to communicate: a small, but meaningful example of the terrible messaging during this pandemic

The ongoing pandemic, to quote the prime minister, “really sucks.” Ontario has been subjected to various levels of lockdowns and restrictions for nearly eight months now as COVID-19 case counts continue to be high. Restaurants, bars, cinemas, and gyms are currently closed in Toronto, as are most other indoor venues. Many of us are — […]

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About me Cycling Design Infrastructure Roads Toronto

Yonge, tomorrow

Over the past few years, I have been involved with the YongeTOmorrow project on behalf of Walk Toronto. It has been a very interesting and worthwhile experience being part of a stakeholder advisory group. Allied organizations working towards a more exciting and sustainable Yonge Street include Cycle Toronto, 8 80 Cities, and the David Suzuki […]

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Infrastructure Roads Toronto Transit Walking

Dysfunction junction: Union Station’s continued disruption

In 2018 and 2019, there were promises to replace the temporary concrete barriers plopped in front of Union Station. Two years later, little has changed.