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Torontoist’s European bureau decamped this past weekend to the French Riviera. And you can rest assured that—between enjoying the beaches and drinking on sunny patios—we took time to consider the public transportation system.
Nice has a good (and not over-infrastructured) blend of transit modes: trams on dedicated lines along the most-travelled stretches, buses that blanket the city, and affordable intercity coaches. A 25-minute ride to a medieval village for one euro ($1.50)? Sounds good to us.
What also piqued our interest was seeing well-manicured grass amid the tram tracks. Is it relatively inconsequential? Perhaps. Does it enhance the functioning of the transit system? Perhaps not. But we like it because it’s quirky, attractive, and, in its own way, urban art.
Toronto officials, take note! Form needn’t always follow function; sometimes, little things are worth doing just because they add beauty.
Photos by Robin Rix.

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