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2005 04 01
More Than Just a Bridge / Visionary Planning in Toronto
imageThe bridge goes up in a dream. It will link the east end with the centre of the city. It will carry traffic, water, and electricity across the Don Valley. It will carry trains that have not even been invented yet.
(Michael Ondaatje, "In the Skin of a Lion")

The City of Toronto, directed by Commissioner R.C. Harris, completed the Bloor Street Bridge (Prince Edward Viaduct) in 1918. This provided essential connective tissue for the expanding city, leaping over the Don Valley. The remarkable thing about this bridge is that it was planned to provide structure and space for an east/west subway line, which would not be built until the 1960's.
[email this story] Posted by David Oleson on 04/01 at 09:30 AM

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