“THE SUBWAY IS GOING TO CHANGE THE WHOLE SHEBANG” – BUD PURVES, YORK UNIVERSITY

YORK1The subway is on its way to YORK UNIVERSITY, and should arrive sometime in late 2016.  That’s very good news for the 60,000 students, faculty and staff, who’ve been making their way to the outer reaches since the late sixties.

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In the PHOTO ABOVE – “field of dreams”/York University Archives – former York president MURRAY ROSS sits with his telephone in an empty snow-covered field.  That field was destined to become the site of Canada’s third largest university.  In 1964, when shovels broke ground, this was a vast windswept tract of farmland, woodlots, unpaved roads and a creek, reachable by bus – a world away from downtown TORONTO.  There’ve been some changes made . . .

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Two subway stations (Pioneer Village and York U) will transform York from an isolated campus to an urban one, just 40 minutes from downtown universities and research hubs.

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Looking to the immediate future, BUD PURVES, president of York’s Development Corporation (YUDC) says “we have approval to develop 15 million (additional) square feet.”

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