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Extra, Extra: Subway Platforms, Species Preservation, and Subway Naming

Every weekday’s end, Extra, Extra collects just about everything you ought to care about or ought not miss.

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  • Some urban infrastructure ogling to combat your afternoon blahs: a pretty slideshow of subway platforms from around the world.
  • Like most zoos, the Toronto Zoo isn’t just about cute animal displays—it also conducts research and works for animal preservation. Toronto is one of the world’s largest zoos, and its behind-the-scenes work is therefore extensive. Over the weekend, the Toronto Star took an in-depth look at some of that work.
  • In the wake of Rob Ford’s failed bid to put a subway on Sheppard, others in Toronto are hoping to revive a different subway plan: one for what we’re all used to calling the Downtown Relief Line. Others are concerned it may have an optics problem, however: in Rob Ford’s Toronto, can we name anything “downtown” and hope to fund it? Spacing wants your suggestions for other potential names for this hypothetical-but-oh-so-appealing transit line.

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