CN Tower’s Flashing Images, Unfolding Like a Film Strip One of our favourite discoveries of the year: the lights flashing from the CN Tower aren’t just colourful, they are actually tiny slivers of images. A Toronto resident put those slivers back together again, so you can see the full, original images.
Scott Pilgrim vs. Reality On a single day in 2010, a Sheridan College student named Steven Dirckze set out on a “Scott Pilgrimmage,” visiting all the locations used by Bryan Lee O’Malley in the original graphic novels. The goal: capture photos that more or less replicate the angles in O’Malley’s artwork.
What Exactly Happened at Queen and Spadina? The anatomy of a streetcar track. Many of us ride those rails every day, but don’t really know how they are constructed. We compiled a step-by-step photo gallery of road work to explain.
City Rising: A Bird’s Eye View of Toronto Timelapse of the year award goes to Tom Ryaboi, Toronto’s veteran rooftop photographer. Inspired by the way Toronto looks from on high, he created a portrait of the city that is simply superb.
TTC Previews Our New Streetcars If you guessed that Torontoist readers really, really love transit porn, you’d be very right. Our most popular post in 2012 was for something that hasn’t actually happened yet: the streetcars that we’re getting in 2014.
Farewell to the H4 Subway Cars The TTC’s oldest subway cars, a series known to transit folks and to the fans as “H4,” made their last trip. No more ’70s-era comfy orange seats.
Rob Ford’s Conflict of Interest Case After allegations that the mayor had violated conflict of interest rules, and a hearing in which Rob Ford took the stand for an entire day, a judge ordered him removed from office. That decision has been stayed pending an appeal, which will be heard in January, 2013.
Transit Showdown at City Hall The very first thing Rob Ford did as mayor: proclaim Transit City—the Miller-era plan to build several new light rail lines in Toronto—dead. More than a year later a coalition of councillors, notably led by TTC Chair (and until then Ford ally) Karen Stintz, overturned Ford and restored many elements of that light rail plan.
Art Activists Take Over Info Pillars Our second most popular story of the year: several dozen of the controversial Astral Media information pillars got guerrilla art makeovers, courtesy of local collective cARTography.
A New Chapter in Book Borrowing Toronto’s Little Free Libraries offer a novel and whimsical way to share the joy of reading—with dollhouse-sized libraries (stocked with full-sized books) installed on people’s front lawns.
Prehistoric Toronto: Our City Through the Ages In a five-part series, we explored what was happening here before human habitation. We moved through geologic time periods, tracing the effects of rock formations and ice ages, and explored the fossil record to learn about the creatures big and small that lived here millions of years ago. Meet Torontoceros and friends.
It’s All Yours at Ontario Place A few days after the provincial government announced the immediate shut-down of Ontario Place, in anticipation of the development of a comprehensive revitalization plan, we put together a photo history of the landmark.