I’m reading a very interesting book called The Wisdom of Crowds, by James Surowiecki. The author describes a fascinating experiment by a social scientist named Thomas Schelling, in 1958, in which he asked a group of university students in New Haven, Conneticut, to imagine this scenario: they had to meet someone in New York City at a certain time, but they didn’t know where, and couldn’t contact the person ahead of time. Where would they go? The students wrote out their answers without consulting each other, and yet the majority of the students chose the same place: the information booth at Grand Central Station. New York possessed a meeting point sufficiently iconic that they actually had a good chance of meeting up.
This experiment made me wonder if there was a similar location that would serve as an obvious, iconic meeting point in Toronto. I suspect there isn’t, really, but there should be. Unfortunately, we can’t repeat the experiment on this blog because everyone can see everyone else’s answer. But perhaps we can start a discussion to establish where such an iconic meeting point could be. So I ask our readers, where would you instinctively choose as the most obvious meeting point in Toronto? It has to be specific enough that you would be confident that you would see the other person immediately if you were both there (i.e. not just Grand Central Station, but specifically the information booth). If there isn’t an adequate landmark in the location you propose, feel free to suggest something that should be built to create the required landmark.
I have my own ideas, but I’ll wait to see what other people suggest first.
photo from Toronto Archives: fonds 1567, series 648, file0075, item 0001