Extra, Extra: Missing Streetcars, Rising Rent, and Downsizing Darcys
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Extra, Extra: Missing Streetcars, Rising Rent, and Downsizing Darcys

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  • The TTC expects the fourth of its shiny new streetcars to be delivered next week, meaning the odds that your next trip on the 510 Spadina will be not entirely dreadful have slightly increased. The trouble is that Bombardier was supposed to have delivered 43 streetcars by now, seven of which should have been riding the rails by the end of 2013. According to the roll-out schedule, all 204 new vehicles should be in operation by 2019 (the 506 Carlton route will be the last to upgrade). TTC CEO Andy Byford told the Toronto Star he has put Bombardier “on notice,” and that he “will not accept any slippage from that 2019 end-date for the last route to go live.”
  • In case you weren’t aware that rent in Toronto is expensive, rent in Toronto is expensive. Real estate news website BuzzBuzzHome reports that average rents increased by 2.7 per cent between October 2013 and October 2014 (a slightly smaller rate of increase than was seen the year before), while the vacancy rate is a steady and daunting 1.6 per cent. As expected, downtown rental prices are the highest—the average rent for a two-bedroom apartment runs from $1,627 to $1,824—but it was York that saw the biggest average price increase, at 4.3 per cent.
  • Exclaim! reports that Toronto indie favourites the Darcys are downsizing from a four-piece act to a duo following three years of critical acclaim and limited commercial success. Dave Hurlow and Mike le Riche have quit the band “to pursue other creative outlets,” leaving the two remaining bandmates, drummer Wes Marskell and frontman Jason Couse, to carry on. Hinting at the direction the Darcys will take, Marskell praised Tegan and Sara for having “explored the boundaries of the genre and bridged the gap between their old and new sound” on their breakthrough 2013 album Heartthrob. Marskell failed to mention that Heartthrob is the worst thing Tegan and Sara have done since that time they sort of tried rapping.

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