THE ECONOMIST RANKS TORONTO #4 OUT OF 140 ‘MOST LIVEABLE CITIES IN THE WORLD’

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The data arm of The Economist has again put TORONTO on its list of the world’s most liveable cities. Our under-whelming infrastructure has put us just behind Vancouver (#3), but ahead of Calgary (#5). The report gave us perfect scores for stability, health care and education. Culture and the environment came in at 97.2 and TORONTO’s infrastructure an unfortunate 89.3.

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  CROSSTOWN4Some good news on TORONTO’s infrastructure front. Tunnel boring on the Eglinton Crosstown LRT line has been finished. 26,178 pre-cast concrete segments have been installed and a 10-kilometre (6.5 mile) east-west tunnel has been bored. The total length of the line will be double that. 3 stations are under construction with another 22 to go.

CROSSTOWN1When completed the Crosstown will connect Weston Road to Kennedy Station along Eglinton Avenue. On the line – 3 subway interchanges, links to GO suburban transit, and 54 bus routes. The Crosstown represents TORONTO’s largest transit project in a generation. Travel is predicted to be 60% faster than on the existing bus service.

KODAK2Building Number 9 <PHOTO ABOVE> was once the recreation centre for thousands of employees at TORONTO’s Kodak factory, which closed in 2005. The historic structure, built in 1939 and weighing 3,000-tonnes, has been moved 60 metres to allow METROLINX to construct a Crosstown terminus station.

Building 9 on the old Kodak lands is moved Thursday so that construction can begin on the foundation of the Eglinton Crosstown LRT's Mount Dennis station. Aug. 25, 2016

Once a new foundation has been poured, the structure will trundle back and be incorporated into the Mount Dennis station.

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