When we tried out the bench prototype at the street furniture unveiling at City Hall in June, it was one of the few items we were pretty much okay with. But because Astral Media can’t do anything right (when it comes to street furniture and billboards, anyway—their other divisions seem to be functioning relatively well), they’ve managed to screw this up, too.
No sooner had the benches started appearing than complaints about their awkward placement began to surface. In the comments of Spacing, Geoffrey wrote that “Roncesvalles got a nice new bench/barcalounger south of Garden Av that manages to make the sidewalk all the more difficult to navigate past the pinch point the old style bus shelter and vegetable stores present.” Joe Clark posted a couple shots of a recent installation in the Beach(es), observing that it’s “Too far from the curb.” (We like Russell McG’s comment, too.)
We snapped the above pic on a Friday night at the northwest corner of Bloor and Palmerston. The bench has been installed in the place where these Koreatown businesses put out their garbage for collection.
Add to that the fact that the stainless steel frame and armrests get cold (and, at other times of year, will likely get hot), and we’d say this is pretty much par for the course for AMO and Jeremy Kramer.
Five hundred of these behemoths are supposed to go in by year’s end.
Photos by Jonathan Goldsbie. Goldsbie is a campaigner with the Toronto Public Space Committee.