Thanks to a City of Toronto project to reduce pole pollution, Dundas Street West is looking a little less cluttered these days. As part of the redesign of the Art Gallery of Ontario, TTC streetcar poles have been removed; supporting crosswires now run directly into eyelets all along the front of the new building. However, when the wires were first installed two weeks ago, the glass cracked under the tension of the wires (photo above and below). You can see photos of the replacement on Torontoist. City staff indicated the geometry of the eyelet, where the wires attach to the glass, had to be tweaked to stop future stress fractures.
This location is the first of a city-wide attempt to eliminate redundant hydro and streetcar poles, but it is costly and brings about challenges such as trying to consolidate TTC, traffic signals, and street light details (all of which are run by different departments or agencies). Nevertheless, the City hopes that reducing the number of poles will reduce complaints and liability, improve streetscape aesthetics, and remove sidewalk clutter.