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Vandalist: TGIF

Thank goodness it's a fetus.

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BY: Unknown
LOCATION: Harbord and Grace streets
PHOTO BY: Renee Saucier
FIELD NOTES: As television networks try to stay ahead of their competition, the premises of reality shows seem to get more and more personally invasive. As it is, there are plenty of shows about having babies. It only makes sense for the next phase of reality TV to go in utero. To aid with the progression, we’ve come up with some suggestions for potential show titles:

Say Yes to the Fetus
The Os-Borns
Spawn Stars
Keeping Up With The Fallopians
America’s Got Placentalent
Hogan Knows Gest-ation

Network TV billionaires, we expect our royalty cheques in the mail.

Once a week, Vandalist features some of the most interesting street art and graffiti from around Toronto. Find something great? Email vandalist@torontoist.com.

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TTC to Accept Debit and Credit Payment for Fares

Starting January 1, all subway stations will accept plastic payment on transactions of $10 or more.

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The TTC is venturing boldly into the 1990s. Starting January 1, customers will be able to use their debit and credit cards to purchase fares at all subway stations.

“In a global city like Toronto, the idea that most transactions would have to take place with cash is something that is almost prehistoric,” said Mayor John Tory during a press conference announcing the new policy at Victoria Park Station on Tuesday morning.

Keep reading: TTC to Accept Debit and Credit Payment for Fares

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Public Works: Turning Out the Lights in the Big Apple

Why a New York City councillor wants commercial buildings in the city to go dark at night.

Public Works looks at public space, urban design, and city-building innovations from around the world, and considers what Toronto might learn from them.

Photo by  Fraser Mummery, from Flickr

Photo by Fraser Mummery, from Flickr.

New York City’s skyline may soon look a bit dimmer. On December 8, city councillor Donovan Richards, chair of New York’s Environmental Protection Committee, proposed the Lights Out Bill—a piece of legislation that would make it mandatory for commercial buildings to go dark when workers go home. The proposed penalty for keeping the lights on after hours is a fine of up to $1,000.

About 40,000 buildings would be effected by the bill, according to City estimates. There would be special exemptions for buildings that require nighttime lighting for safety purposes, and buildings more than 20 storeys tall that can be considered “landmarks,” such as the Chrysler and Empire State buildings, can get permission to light up, too.

Keep reading: Public Works: Turning Out the Lights in the Big Apple

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Vandalist: Up Close and Personal

Art for everyone!

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BY: Mediah
LOCATION: Woodbine and Gerrard
PHOTO BY: Andrei P.
FIELD NOTES: We’ve heard plenty of complaints about graffiti: that it’s not a valid art form, or that galleries shouldn’t reward deviant behaviour by elevating it to the status of high art. We ask anyone sympathetic to those views to take some time and examine this detail of a much larger piece. This small portion is beautiful. Even if it’s not your cup of tea, you’ve got to admit the artist possesses an incredible amount of talent—and they’ve given the city a work of art that’s accessible to everyone.

Once a week, Vandalist features some of the most interesting street art and graffiti from around Toronto. Find something great? Email vandalist@torontoist.com.

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City Looks to Secure Heritage Status for El Mocambo

Provincial heritage designation would protect the club and its iconic neon sign.

El Mocambo sign, March 23, 2010  Photo by Rick McGrath from the Torontoist Flick Pool

El Mocambo sign, March 23, 2010. Photo by Rick McGrath from the Torontoist Flick Pool.

Toronto sure loves its vintage neon signs.

The City is trying to secure provincial heritage status for the El Mocambo—a Spadina Avenue landmark that’s hosted countless big-name acts over its 68-year history—and the great glowing palm tree that looms over the sidewalk in front of it.

Keep reading: City Looks to Secure Heritage Status for El Mocambo