Where? I've never seen a place you could do that before.Security is better now. There used to be a large gutter around the base of the tower were one could presumably leave a bomb (not that any type of bomb that could fit in a backpack would do anything other than chip off some concrete). The street furniture is all cleverly designed to remain useful and visually appealing but impossible to use as a hiding space for any dangerous device.
kristopher, you've always been able to touch the tower from the outside.
Ever watch The Prisoner?
I really wish they could have used the same West 8/DTAH red/grey granite mosaic paving and the Canada-themed furniture/light standards, plus a variation of the glulam designs they'd envisioned for the TTC portal for the new addition - it would have added a tremendous amount of warmth in an area sorely lack of a softening edge. As it stands right now it had all the charm of a cheap power centre and I don't doubt for a second it will age terribly.
Have you looked at the above photo? Here's another one...
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The first thing I did when I returned to Toronto in 2001 after being away for a decade was to walk to the tower and touch it. I don't recall there ever being any restriction preventing you from touching it.