Most of the "nice" parts have to do with the retail and concourse area - access to track level and the track level itself remains distinctively early 20th century. It was EONS better only because it was so abyssmal before.
Nothing says modern like low level boarding and a platform the width of someone lying down.Most of the "nice" parts have to do with the retail and concourse area - access to track level and the track level itself remains distinctively early 20th century. It was EONS better only because it was so abyssmal before.
Since the 1980s Jumbotron, the amount of bulk needed for jumbotrons have fallen so dramatically. Now jumbotron sizes and funky video walls/pillars are built-to-order using modular LED panels like these today. Each module (without chip driver) cost only several dollars each in factory bulk now.
I'd forgotten which string it was that I made the claim that the step risers and tread didn't look up to modern building code. I was down there last week, and measured them. Much to my surprise, they are, from memory, a 7" rise and 10.5" tread. There's still something very wrong with them though, and the description "fire escape-like stairs" is completely apt. Someone somewhere must have posted an analysis on-line.Or platform access via fire escape-like stairs.
What a world of difference! And to me, this look, like some of the University Subway stations (Dupont immediately comes to mind) is still inviting, and highly functional.
In all fairness, ceiling height looks to be different, but I'll measure that too given the next chance.
Ah.. So Metrolinx is running the show down there...Sorry if I'm being a debbie downer, but I see crews working on the escalators to the food court every day for the past couple of weeks. For the most part they are staring at the parts at hand, appear to be clueless. I don't know what's going on with the escalators, but I'm really concerned.
Agreed!Those now-irreplaceable shots are wonderful. They belong in an archive somewhere. The best way to preserve heritage is to capture it before it’s gone.
More likely so that patrons do not set up "offices" in the food court.Agreed!
I wish they could have saved part of the old concourse, or elements of it. Way more interesting than the "historic" Via concourse, IMO.
Also, the food court seating looks really uncomfortable. No padding on any seats?! None in GO concourse either. I guess they want to deter people from lingering too long.