Looking north up Yonge Street on a recent Sunday, UrbanToronto Forum contributor mburrrrr captured this image with a telephoto lens, compressing the distances between the buildings that line the street… and same thing for the construction cones. The Sunday shot means that traffic is actually quite low compared to a weekday in the peak hours. Getting around Downtown Toronto has been problematic at the best of times over the years, but this year with the large number of street closures, traffic in the core has become nightmarish at times, especially for those stuck on streetcars, constantly held up by diverted private vehicles. With sections of Queen Street closed for Ontario Line under construction for the next several years, it might be time to apply congestion charges in the core to dissuade people from adding to chaos.

Downtown Toronto's streets are a mess of construction, image by UrbanToronto Forum contributor mburrrrr

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