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    Sheppard East LRT Renderings

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    Old Backlit Subway Map @ York Mills Station

    I haven't noticed this until last week, but the old YUS subway route maps at both ends of the platform at York Mills station were lit up. Certainly brings back some nostalgia from a time when the Spadina subway went only as far as Wilson and the Sheppard Subway only existed on paper.
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    How to deal with a cracked subway rail...

    ... the Toronto way. (Globe and Mail) http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/toronto/cracked-rail-knocks-out-downtown-subway-service-during-morning-rush/article1905857/ Cracked rail knocks out downtown subway service during morning rush Toronto— The Canadian Press Published...
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    Merry Christmas from Transit City!

    My Sketchup renderings of how Sheppard Avenue East and Birchmount Road in Scarborough might look like if the Sheppard East LRT is built. I was thinking that since all the crude Transit City renderings out there only depict the line during the summer, maybe it's time to look at Transit City...
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    Hong Kong MTR Commercial: "Please Excuse Us"

    As Hong Kong's MTR begins construction on five new subway/rail projects (West Island Line, South Island Line, Shatin to Central Link, Kwun Tong Line Extension and the HSR line to Guangzhou), it has put out a nostalgia-filled TV commercial apologizing for all the inconvenience its subway...
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    Report: Melbourne to Top Sydney as Australia’s No. 1 City by 2037

    http://www.businessweek.com/news/2010-04-27/melbourne-to-top-sydney-as-australia-s-no-1-city-update1-.html Melbourne to Top Sydney as Australia’s No. 1 City April 27, 2010, 2:15 AM EDT By Nichola Saminather April 27 (Bloomberg) -- Melbourne could overtake Sydney to become...
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    Shanghai's Expo trials get crowded, rocky start

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5go6y_puZYpGc553vWwYz5fvCa1qwD9F7BTTO3 Shanghai's Expo trials get crowded, rocky start By ELAINE KURTENBACH (AP) – 16 hours ago SHANGHAI — Visitors to Shanghai's World Expo say organizers have plenty of kinks to iron out before the...
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    Average Lifespan of New Buildings in China: Less than 30 Years

    http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2010-04/06/content_9687545.htm Short-lived buildings create huge waste By Wang Qian (China Daily) Updated: 2010-04-06 07:47 BEIJING: The life span of the average residential building in China, the largest cement consumer in the world, has been...
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    Hong Kong's MTR to raise fares despite huge profits

    While Toronto's transit system is mired in funding problems, Hong Kong's subway operator MTR is swimming in cash after posting a profit of HK$9.64 billion ($1.275 billion Canadian) in 2009, HK$2.12 billion ($280 million Canadian) alone through transit operations. Still it is planning to increase...
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    Best GTA Locations for Engagement Photo Shoots?

    I'm planning to do a photo shoot with an engaged couple that I know, once the weather gets warmer and spring is in full swing. I'm going to be especially picky about what locations I want to take photos at. I'm good at architectural photography and I know which buildings and what neighbourhoods...
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    "Villa Libeskind" Takes Prefab to the Extreme

    http://archrecord.construction.com/news/daily/archives/2010/100316libeskind.asp "Villa Libeskind" Takes Prefab to the Extreme March 16, 2010 By Tony Illia Daniel Libeskind has added a rather unusual building type to his design resume: high-end, green prefab housing. The New York-based...
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    Pacific Mall Expansion + Hotel (Living Realty, 19s?, Petroff)

    http://network.nationalpost.com/NP/blogs/toronto/archive/2010/03/12/pacific-mall-proposal-would-double-its-size-add-hotel.aspx Pacific Mall proposal would double its size, add hotel Posted: March 12, 2010, 6:40 PM by Rob Roberts By Alex Keshen, National Post An ambitious expansion...
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    Guangzhou Bus Rapid Transit

    Guangzhou, China has opened up a Bus Rapid Transit line as part of the city's preparations for hosting this year's Asian Games. It's been criticized as slow, but the line looks pretty neat with BRT stations featuring platform gates, built in a 'canyon' of tall buildings. Is Viva taking note...
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    ChumCity Building lights up for Haiti

    299 Queen Street West (ex-ChumCity Building) certainly looks magnificent this week with blue and red lighting, which I assume was set up in remembrance of the recent earthquake in Haiti (the CN Tower was lit up in a similar manner). Too bad it wasn't done for a more happier occasion.
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    Spacing: Help us write a handbook of Toronto etiquette

    http://spacing.ca/wire/2010/01/11/help-us-write-a-handbook-of-toronto-etiquette/ January 11th, 2010 Help us write a handbook of Toronto etiquette Posted by Spacing Social norms vary from city to city. In Marrakech it’s perfectly normal for a shopkeeper to offer mint tea to a potential...
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    The Burj in Toronto?

    A little fun exercise to celebrate the opening of the Burj Dubai/Khalifa (or to mourn the CN Tower's loss of the title of "world's tallest 'building'"). I've plopped a Sketchup model of the Burj Dubai by Densetsu48 from the Google 3D Warehouse onto the site of the CN Tower in Google Earth and...
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    China's Wuhan-Guangzhou HSR

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5iyiGIR1KldxNfneHStjifvaiOQiQ China unveils 'world's fastest train link' (AFP) – 15 hours ago BEIJING — China on Saturday unveiled what it billed as the fastest rail link in the world -- a train connecting the modern cities of...
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    Hong Kong's carbon footprint 'second highest in world'

    What a surprise! A city with one of the highest population densities in the world and an efficient public transport network actually has a higher carbon footprint per capita than the United States... http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5ge_d3dkncy0tJ9T05_eo7vwRjwHQ Hong...
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    Ban on Noisy Car Mufflers and Sound Boosters

    http://www.leaderpost.com/entertainment/Noisy+cars+Regina+Mayor+Fiacco/2267048/story.html Noisy cars on way out: Regina Mayor Pat Fiacco By Joe Couture, The Leader-Post November 27, 2009 They're loud and fast -- and he's furious. Regina Mayor Pat Fiacco took aim at noisy cars...
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    Switzerland votes to ban new minarets

    http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/afp/091129/world/switzerland_referendum_islam_religion_7 Switzerland votes to ban new minarets Sun Nov 29, 2:45 PM GENEVA (AFP) - Switzerland voted in a referendum Sunday to ban new minarets from being built, with a clear majority of the population...