Friday, 15 June 2018

I've Seen This Movie Before - Toronto Version

"Two of these things are not like the others. "

I think these two little guys, on Sheppard Ave at Bayview, are doomed.  There are high-rises all around them now.

But not too long ago, Sheppard was lined with little bungalows all like this.

So what happened?

Obviously Toronto housing rices have gone through the roof in the last 20 years.

But here it is due to one event;  the Sheppard "subway to nowhere".

This subway line has been mocked forever, saying the density was too low to support a subway.

It still has low ridership, but it is increasing rapidly each year.

So this post could have been called "If You Built It, They Will Built It".

Because at the intersection where each station is, massive development is taking place.

Above used to be a dusty, quiet little corner, with all bungalows.

Not any more.

So where is it smarter to build a subway;  on a dusty quiet little corner with few tall buildings, and let the growth come to them?

Or on a densely populated street, lined with high-rises?  Can you say "Eglinton Crosstown LRT"?

For people living on or even near Eglinton, or trying to drive on it, this is a ten year disaster.

The Sheppard way, a couple of little bungalows up there will meet their demise.  But I don't think the owners will be too upset.

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