Friday, March 24, 2006

To suburbia and back

Sean and Dylan and I met up at Don Mills station and walked around Willowdale, where I'd never been. It consists mainly of large highrise apartment buildings, what appears to be a public housing complex, and suburbs built in the 1960s. The housing complex has a system of pedestrian paths lacing through it, which we wandered. The suburbs are aging gracefully: the prefab house designs of 40 years ago have developed an aura of chic nostalgia, the trees have grown to full size, the sidewalks have browned and cracked just a little. The homes looked well-maintained without being ostentatious, and some owners have modified their cookie-cutter "little boxes" to show some personality; I liked the house whose entire front had been knocked out & replaced with ground-to-roof windows. There were playgrounds everywhere, and the streets were all twisty. We somehow managed to walk in a complete circle without realizing we were doing so, and were very surprised to see the Fairview Mall appear before us once more. Dylan found this hilarious.

On the way back we sat in the front of the subway, and I took pictures of the Sheppard tunnel, which is oddly well-lit compared to other tunnels in the system. I recommend sitting at the front, it's very exciting. The tunnel dips and swoops, the train swerves sharply at forks in the tracks. Turn your dull commute into a fairground ride!


Blogger Wrenkin said...

I don't know if it's really better-lit so much as there's no accumulated brake dust.

10:52 p.m., March 24, 2006  
Blogger dave h said...

hey that's near where I work! I like the 'islands of design' in the stations on the sheppard subway... patches here and there have intense colours or patterns that go down a column and/or across the floor... but the backdrop, the walls on the far sides of the tracks, the ceilings, are still a dull concrete grey, as if we passengers are watching a play and must use our imagination to pretend the design is everywhere.

1:04 p.m., March 27, 2006  

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