Stadia mania: Toronto’s six-decade quest for a civic stadium

The Stadocentre, Metrodome, Astrodome, and Tower Dome: Toronto historically has had no lack of imagination when it comes to dreaming... Read More

Stairs to nowhere, trap streets, and other Toronto oddities

There’s a set of stairs on Greenwood Avenue that lead nowhere. At the top, a wooden fence at the end of someone’s back... Read More

The transformer next door

The lights are on but there’s no-one home at 640 Millwood Rd. The two-storey suburban home near Bayview and Eglinton doesn’t exactly... Read More

Welcome to your private nuclear fallout shelter

In 1959, the builders of Regency Acres, a 700-home subdivision in Aurora, Ontario, offered something no other homebuilder in the... Read More

LORINC: Local communities to help build Metrolinx projects

Just two weeks after Metrolinx’s boring machines broke through the extraction shaft at Allen Road, the regional agency reached another... Read More

The new American streetcar: A visit to Detroit, Cincinnati, Atlanta, and Tampa

Cross-posted from Marshall’s Musings, the author’s personal blog I recently went on a short vacation, driving down Highway... Read More

The great Toronto bridge swap of 1928

The Canadian Pacific Railway had two 243-ton problems in early 1928. Its two newest and most powerful locomotives were due to be ready... Read More

The horror of the Rupert Hotel fire still lingers

The fire had been burning out of control at the Rupert Hotel for 17 minutes before someone called 911. As flames and acrid smoke... Read More

REID: To press or not to press: a guide to pedestrian buttons

I’ve seen a few inquiries recently by people who noticed pedestrian signal push-buttons being installed at major intersections... Read More

The slow and deadly evolution of Toronto’s crosswalks

Crossing the street in Toronto has been a potentially deadly challenge for almost a century. Until the 1950s, when the number of... Read More