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Extra, Extra: Beautiful Bus Shelters, Toronto Beach Season, and Hotel for Sale

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

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  • They’re unusual and attractive and whimsical and eye-catching—and they can all be found in Krumbach, Austria. The Globe introduces us to some of the world’s most innovative bus shelters, and Cheryl Atkinson—an associate professor at Ryerson and a member of Metrolinx’s design review panel—explains why Toronto will probably never be home to anything like them.
  • Toronto’s swimming beaches are world class.” That’s right—suck it, Hawaii, Tahiti, and New York state (apparently there are some really nice beaches in the Hamptons). We’ve got Bluffer’s Beach, Centre Island Beach, Cherry Beach, and many other beaches—and most of them will be opening June 1.
  • Toronto’s Royal York hotel is on the market. It’s currently owned by a Quebec pension fund, which decided to sell after classifying the building as part of the fund’s “nonstrategic asset class” (not one of the better asset classes to find yourself in—everyone knows the strategic asset class is better). No word yet on how much the historic building will be going for—but if you have to ask, you probably can’t afford it.

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