Accessibility activist and TTC signage guru Joe Clark has informed Spacing about a new TTC plan for the “diversification” of 63 of the 69 subway stations. “Diversification” would permit the renovation of existing stations incorporating “unique station designs” using “new building materials.” Already, we know that Pape Station, the first of the original 1966 Bloor-Danforth subway stations to be renovated, will see its tiles replaced with false stone wall treatment. The report (PDF) will be considered and possibly approved by the commission this Wednesday, March 26, at 1:00 PM at City Hall. Clark’s blog has more details.
All but six stations – High Park, Keele, Coxwell, Woodbine, Rosedale, and Wellesley — would be subject to any alteration the TTC (or in partnership with another agency, like the Toronto Community Foundation) feels fit. Worse yet, this flies in the face of the Toronto Preservation Board’s attempts to protect the original Yonge and Bloor-Danforth line stations.
There are some stations — either already wrecked by earlier renovations (such as Dundas or Union), or left neglected like Lawrence West, that could use renovations. But if the commission adopts this report as written on Wednesday, it would open up nearly every station to a remodelling — just look to the new Museum Station as an example, or the poor upgrades in the early 1980s of College, Queen, and King, St. Andrew, and Osgoode.
If you feel strongly about this issue, contact your councilor, the TTC Commissioners, and/or make a deputation at the commission meeting. You may request to make a deputation up to 12:00 noon on Tuesday, March 25, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
photo by Christine Mullen