Sunday, April 30, 2006

Clang! Clang! Clang! went the....

Taken Monday, April 17 in Cleveland, Ohio

Cleveland's first subway travelled much like Toronto's Bloor-Danforth line does over the Don valley: through a viaduct. In Cleveland's case, it was simply putting the streetcars underground, whereas in Toronto, it's a full-fledged heavy-rail subway. The Detroit-Superior bridge hasn't been used for tram traffic since 1954, the same year subway service started (albeit not on the Bloor line) in Toronto. Nowadays, Cleveland's Waterfront line runs beneath the old bridge, from which this photo was taken.

Friday, April 28, 2006

Hop on...

Taken Wednesday, April 26 at North York Centre subway station, Toronto.

Funny how a slight variation on the TTC's overwrought "Ride The Rocket" slogan can make transit travel a little more, uhm....personal.

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

...Last Stop before Mickey!

Taken December 20, 2005 in Winter Park, FL.

One of the draws of this little enclave just north of Orlando is its beautiful downtown. Cobblestone streets, trendy shops, a very large park and for me, a neighbourhood Amtrak Station. This is but a mere whistle stop on the route from New York to Miami, however its presence in the midst of downtown is a reminder of how train travel can be integrated not only into the greater transit mesh of an area, but into the neighbourhood aesthetic as well.

Monday, April 24, 2006

Rainy Night Streetcar

Taken Sunday, April 23rd, 2006 at the Russell Division streetcar barns, Toronto.

The allure of the streamlined PCC streetcar is timeless. From their 1930's style to their 1950's colours, their smell, their lightbulb-lit aisles and standee windows; all define the golden age of street rail travel in Toronto (and many other cities). I peeked inside 4549 last night and went back to days taking the Carlton car downtown for a waffle at Fran's.

Ding! Ding! (Back to reality....)

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Hello Cleveland!

A WhirlwindWeekend in Cleveland has left me tired, refreshed, broke, and very happy. Here are a few postcards from the rust belt.

End of the Shaker Heights Rapid Transit Line

Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame


Parma Theatre

Independence McDonalds

Rapid Transit Tunnel

More Rock Hall


Perry-Payne Building

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Nowhere To Go

Taken June 11, 2005 in Huntsville, Ontario.

Oh crap.

Thursday, April 06, 2006


Taken October 10, 2005 on the occasion of my grandmother's 80th birthday.

Today, my dear grandmother (dad's side) went under the knife to remove a lump from her left breast. Her watering eyes, her slow movements, her 80-years-on-the-Earth-edness paled to the news that she had cancer. Today, she lost a bit of herself, but the rest of her promises to stick around for a while yet. Thankfully.

This is a chain that she's worn for years. On it you see a couple of crosses, a Mary medallion and a Ukrainian trident. Of course, it was rather odd of her grandson taking a picture of his grandmother's chest, but given what that chest had to endure today, I'm glad I caught a piece of something that has brought her comfort. She needs it. Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, April 04, 2006


Taken May 14, 2005 on Borden Street, Toronto.

Just wanted to alert you that spring is indeed here and you'll soon be seeing buggers like these popping up all over the place. DO NOT PANIC! They may cause you to sneeze, but they will definitely cause you to smile.

Saturday, April 01, 2006


Taken Friday, March 31, 2006 in Mississauga, Ontario.

:-) (See, it's working) Posted by Picasa