It must be summer vacation at One Yonge Street because the Star is reporting today on the death of the MegaBins (Spacing reported this development back on June 28th). Nonetheless, the story is getting out to the greater public, so I won’t complain.
Also of note, BlogTO spotted a new waste disposal contraption on College Street. Spacing has put a call into city staff to explain where this came from (I like it, but want to know more of the facts). Spacing editors have noticed beige plastic bins with the City’s logo have appeared around the city over the last few months, but this blue baby is a new sight to us. And as a member of the Roundtable on a Beautiful City, I am usually privy to hearing about new street furniture before they hit the street.
The sad thing about this situation is that Toronto could have hundreds of the smaller Ecobins all over the city by now if council members had listened to a staff report back in the summer of 2004 which recommended that the Megabins NOT BE TRIED out. Instead, we had to test the Monster bins with ads, which has not gotten us any closer to fixing our waste problems so clearly evident on our streets. It is amazingly frustrating to think back to the Works Committee meeting where councillors Pitfield, De Baeremaeker, Thompson and Del Grande (none of whom have experience in waste management) dismissed the Solid Waste department’s report because the politicians wanted to explore EUCAN’s ill-conceived revenue generation model. It makes you wonder what some of our civic leaders are thinking (or whom they are listening to) when they vote on these issues.
And the final surprise of the day is a test model of two super newspaper boxes at the corner of Yonge and Dundas (read about these boxes in previous Spacing Wire posts here and here). This is a test model put forward by the Downtown Yonge BIA and the publishing powerhouses with the City’s approval. The top box is for the paid dailies and the bottom photo is for the freebies. Personally, I approve of these boxes because it decreases the amount of commercial signage on our streets, while still making it clear to pedestrians the boxes’ primary function. Shawn Micallef posted a photo of a newspaper superbox is Chicago which could also be a good example for Toronto to follow.
PHOTOS: Blue bin from BlogTO, newspaper boxes by Melissa Goldstein