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Sidewalk art in Ward 19

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City Councillor Joe Pantelone’s office (ward 19) have a neat pilot project going on: they have convinced Bell to let them hire local artists to paint the metal boxes that dot the streetscape. The above image, by Norman Yeung, is a before and after shot. It’s located at Markham and College, beside Andy Poolhall. The image below is by Trevor Goodwin and appears on Halton Ave., just west of Trinity Bellwoods Park.

This is a great project idea and we hope Mr. Pantelone’s office pushes the City to adopt and expand such a programme. I think it would be wonderful if Toronto painted thousands of these of metal boxes, inculding the traffic signal ones. Hopefully the success of similar projects, like this one in Winnpeg, can give us hope.