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Scene: Spain Wins the World Cup

Photo by Ryan North.

WHERE: College and Bathurst.
WHEN: 5:30 p.m.
WHAT: Spain supporters hop on top a streetcar after their team won the World Cup. [UPDATE, JULY 12, 12:48 P.M.: More photos from Toronto during the game, and of the celebrations after it, are here.]
BY: Ryan North.


  • http://undefined AR

    I don’t know how that streetcar got there but it really seems to enhance the celebration and makes the scene distinctly Toronto. I just wish that the clusters of wires along the sides of the streets and big wooden poles could be eliminated for a cleaner look for the country to see when the CBC shows footage of celebrations.
    The heritage facades should likewise be kept in better condition.

  • http://undefined Cobalt

    These people should have been kettled!

  • http://undefined anthill

    Oh man, the sight of those flagpoles so close to the overhead wire makes me cringe…

  • http://undefined sheleftyouasong


  • David Toronto

    CBC news reported (and TTC posted) the fact
    that the power to the streetcars was cut.
    Once the TTC figured out what was going to
    happen, they must’ve acted accordingly.

  • accozzaglia

    If you will indulge me this aside:
    If anything, the wooden hydro lines still seen along parts of College, Queen, and elsewhere make up a part of Toronto’s unique street morphology which is undeniably ours. It is much like the unique structure of where Vancouver’s hydro lines are found through many parts of its core city. Paired together, these cities have well-maintained infrastructure features that could have become an eyesore the way dilapidated or generic hydro poles become in many parts of North America (these from Illinois).
    Overhead lines for transit is hardly anything unique to Toronto, either. If anything, the TTC use a single line for current on streetcar routes whereas TransLink in Vancouver, King County Metro Transit in Seattle, and MUNI in San Francisco all use double lines for their buses.
    And since we’re on the topic of infrastructure morphology, we have unique streetlight fixtures unlike anywhere else. It’s these fixtures that often tip the film or television viewer that a story set elsewhere was actually filmed here. On an aesthetic level, these are as distinctive as our current streetcars, skyline, and even hues of our major taxicab companies (loathed and loved as they might be). Functionally, there are some serious problems with our streetlights (in the form of excessive artificial lighting at night, or “light pollution”), but no more so than the generic streetlights found in nearly every other town and city.
    Yes, I take particular pride with these physical features. When I see these after being away, they remind me — probably more so than the CN, City Hall, or any edifice (exception to when First Canadian Place still had the blue M) — that I’ve come back to my home.

  • Nicholas Mcneill

    Let the people celebrate and express their joy. There is nothing wrong with that. That’s how European fans celebrate.

  • http://undefined David Toronto

    Streetcars need only a single pole for their
    electrical supply since the metal wheels on
    the rails complete the circuit.
    Trolley buses, on the other hand, need a second
    pole to complete the circuit.
    This WikiPedia article may shed further light:
    If I remember correctly, there is/was a streetcar
    system that used two poles because it also was on
    a route for trolley buses and it was easier to
    reconfigure the streetcars than set up a third wire
    dedicated to streetcars. I can’t remember where it
    was, but it was in the US east coast, I believe.
    Maybe you can find it; you’re rather good at these

  • http://undefined AR

    The wires and wooden poles are unique but not in a good way. I like our distinctive streetlights, but not the wires. There’s so much beauty in this city that I don’t to take pride in such aesthetic neglect. (Also, there’s a functional issue in that every time we seem to get some winds in a storm, so many parts of the city end up without power. Look to those overhead wires to understand why.)

  • accozzaglia

    OK. So, the next question: are you ready to pay a substantial increase on monthly hydro bills to fund the burial of all hydro lines? Burying lines in already-developed areas is very costly and time consuming. As for electric lines for transport, it far still easier to control emissions centrally (i.e., at the power generation source) than to go all-combustion for all street-level transit and assure that each individual rolling stock is up to standard.

  • http://undefined Andrey

    Here is a video of what was going on here. People were jumping on a streetcar, U-HAUL and CBC van, and hanging like Tarzan from an electrical wire. Watch it

  • http://undefined AR

    Why should it only be funded through monthly bills? Why not use a combination of slight rate increases, selling off infrastructure, and perhaps city-owned power generation, perhaps incinerating our trash for power generation somewhere on the outskirts. But yeah, I’m willing to pay slightly more on a monthly basis, if the costs can be spread out. There’s also development fees and quite a few other funding options.