Unlike most major cities, TORONTO’s Bus Terminal is right in the city centre, in a safe neighbourhood. Day and night, public transport and taxi service is available. The Terminal – now more than 80 years old – is woefully small; it’s been locked in on all sides by tall structures. Several times a day, there are buses to Niagara Falls, Ottawa, Montreal, connections to all parts of Canada and the USA. 610 Bay Street, just north of Dundas West. Subway stop – DUNDAS, and walk west one block.
<Overcrowded bus bays on Edward Street, PHOTO – SimonP/Wikipedia> The way we were: back in the 1920’s and 30’s, coach travel was more ‘refined’ than it is today. <PHOTO BELOW – City of Toronto Archives, Alfred Pearson>One Google critic says: “Quality Very good. Compared to other comparable big-city bus terminals (Chicago, Denver, Cincinnati, Montreal, Seattle etc etc) this little old-fashioned station compared favorably.”
MISSISSAUGA’s Absolute Towers has won Architecture Daily’s ‘Building of the Year – Housing Category’ Award/2013. Designed by Beijing’s MAD Architects, the two shapely towers (dubbed the Marilyn Monroes) have become landmarks for TORONTO’s next-door-neighbour.
The owner of this little hot dog stand has been cleaning up after litterbugs, protecting a neighbouring tree, and doing his best to improve the urban environment.
HIS SIGN READS – “Hello, dear friend, how are you today?/You know that I am a tree/My brother and I live in the cement box that you can see/with a limited amount of earth./We work for you./We clean the air so you can breathe easily./We want to ask if you do not throw your cigarette buds in our home,/the buds will poison us./We can help you so you can get clean air/and we just want some help too.”
George Elliott Clarke, TORONTO’s new poet laureate, teaches literature at the University of Toronto. His recent awards include the Portia White Prize and a Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Fellowship. Professor Clarke is the author of numerous books, the latest of which is ‘Red’ – which joins his previous ‘colouring books’ – ‘Blue’ and ‘Black’. “Red rings with Clarke’s lush voice, full-throated and unparalleled.” – Amazon.