This was the Future, Vol.08

typed for your pleasure on 29 March 2005, at 1.57 pm

Sdtrk: ‘Give your love to be free’ by the Manson Family

One of the many reasons I want to move to Toronto is cos as it stands, I’m 32 years old, and I’m fecking sick of having to drive everywhere. Since Detroit might lose its reputation as ‘the Motor City’ if it actually had a working mass transportation system, there are very few functional buses, and no subway to speak of. In Toronto, on the other hand, not only do they have buses, but they’ve got these things called streetcars and like this train that rides beneath the earth, like some sort of subterranean way.. a sub-way! On the many occasions that I’ve been to T.O (as the hipsters call Toronto), I was continually impressed with the cleanliness and efficiency of their subway lines. Not only that, but the architecture of the subway stations themselves have always caught my eye.

In today’s installment, we cover the subway stations of Montreal! Cos I couldn’t find a proper website that highlighted the ones in Toronto.

[The Radisson station pictured above] is characterized by dramatic rounded shapes in pale concrete and stainless steel, giving an impression somewhere between “metro train” and “starship.”

Since the site covers all of the stations in Montreal, you have to click on an individual picture to learn more about a particular station. My favourites have to be Beaubien and Radisson, and I’m sure you’ll quickly be able to divine why…
I highly suspect that once I move North, I’ll probably spend a month just riding the TTC lines, up and down, back and forth, getting off getting on, looking up looking forward. Should be fun

Random similar posts, for more timewasting:

This was the Future, Vol.10 on April 17th, 2005

This was the Future, Vol.37 on May 5th, 2009

3 have spoken to “This was the Future, Vol.08”

  1. PBShelley writes:

    The station looks meticulously um, meticulous!
    I wonder if the trains have those annoying seats that face each other, so one is forced to stare into an equally disgruntled face (or rows of them LOL)
    B.A.R.T has trains like them, and the one thing I absolutely hated was having to look at rows of attitudinal “what you lookin’ at?” faces staring back at me as I studiously tried to avoid looking at them! Yuck.
    Now if one was able to just look out the window and at the backs of peoples heads as we were meant to, THEN we’d have something! 😉

  2. Davecat writes:

    As far as the seats on the cars in T.O, they face each other for the most part.

    Just do what I do, wear shades everytime you venture out in public! You can see them, but they can’t see you. 🙂

  3. PBShelley writes:

    I used to wear shades everywhere, but I was always suspected of being “on something” LOL
    In fact, managing a Sports Memorabilia store, I even wore them inside!
    Had very little shoplitfting, surprisingly 😉
    That is a good idea though, next time I’m on Rapid Transit I’ll give it a shot!

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