Life Without the 511
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Life Without the 511

Things have heated up over at the St. Clair Pro-ROW site, as the anti-transit group SOS (which is an acronym for Destroy Our City) have caught wind of it. Transit guru James Bow, editor of Transit Toronto, is pushing for calm heads and civil debate.

What could be the future of Toronto’s streetcars will be on display at the Toronto Hummingbird Centre, 1 Front Street East this Monday, October 24th from noon until 5 p.m. It’s free, open to the public, and there’s door prizes.

Although what the city has done with Eglinton station is marvellous, the latest Toronto Public Space Committee newsletter reveals the unfortunate dark side:
We own the TTC. We paid for it with tax dollars and at the farebox. But this month the city had to PAY Viacom Outdoor Ltd for permission to promote the “Live with Culture” campaign on the TTC because Viacom has exclusive rights to all advertising on the transit system. Essentially, tax dollars were spent to buy back space we already own.
Eglinton station has been labelled as a “Culture Station” for the month of October, featuring live music, dance and visual art. The TPSC applauds the City for trying to promote Toronto’s talent, but it’s too bad we had to ask Viacom for permission, and pay twice for the right to do it.

Beware! I learned the hard way today that the Bathurst 511 is running to and from Spadina station from now until the end of November. At least I got to visit my favorite subway station bakery.

At their next magazine launch, Spacing are going to release their much anticipated Sheppard Subway Line and Scarborough RT 1-inch buttons, fully realizing Matthew Blackett as a member of the Every Station Club. What I’d like to see is Spacing put all the wonderful tile photo work they’ve done online and license it under creative commons with intention of spurring a TTC merchandise cottage industry. People could download the images to create mugs, t-shirts, desktop wallpaper and infinitely more TTC memorabilia. Have ideas for TTC merchandise? Share below.