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The TTC (Toronto Transit Commission) carries 525 million people a year and 1.6 million people on a typical weekday, meaning that more than half of Toronto’s 2.8 million people use public transit to navigate the city during the week. Contrast that to the 1.75 billion passengers served per year in New York City and you get the picture, but Toronto Transit Commission subway stops have a rich history and incorporate elements from several periods of design. Today we’ll be looking at the unique design of the system’s stations, similar to what we did with New York City and Montreal.


Infrastructure is an inevitable part of urban living. Subways and tunnels need ventilation, but the question is often–how to keep these functional spaces contained and away from the public eye? While many subway substations have been gutted and turned into apartments in New York City, other ventilation buildings have been concealed as residential townhouses. Here’s a roundup of these clever pieces of faux architecture in NYC, Paris, London and Toronto:

1. Brooklyn Heights Subway Ventilator

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Emily Baillie

This week we profile Untapped city correspondent Emily Baillie, who has showed us 10 Tombs to Visit in Buenos Aires’s Recoleta Cemetery, given us a tour of Toronty’s Distillery District, and helped us explore Havana’s Historical ‘Hoods.

What’s your “day job”?

I work in Marketing and Communications. I develop multi-platform marketing and communications campaigns for various initiatives.  For the past few years, I’ve been working for a law and social justice organization. I’ve just accepted a new position with a luxury travel company. I’m really excited about it.

What’s your favorite Untapped spot in your city?

 The Dakota Tavern is a live country music venue located just a few blocks from where I live. It’s a small, friendly place where the walls are littered with old guns, boomerangs, band posters and snowy Canadian hunting scenes. Almost every night there are performances by some of the best country and western, bluegrass and folk bands around. On Sundays the Dakota Tavern has an awesome Bluegrass Brunch for all ages. Platters of sausages, eggs, pancakes and bacon are served up at communal tables while kids and their parents dance it up in front of the stage. The community atmosphere there makes me feel like I’m back in the rural Ontario town that I grew up in.  (more…)

Toronto Distillery District Gooderham & Worts Untapped Cities

In Toronto’s pedestrian-only Distillery District the continent’s best-preserved collection of Victorian industrial architecture has been brilliantly restored. The district offers visitors a glimpse into the 19th century amongst modern-day boutiques, art galleries and restaurants. Like Chelsea Market in New York City, Toronto’s Distillery District is a great example of adaptive reuse.


The High Line in New York City is one of the most well-known elevated parks, but around the world there are many similar urban reclamation projects underway. The success of the High Line inspired many other cities around the world to reuse and rethink space around old rail lines. Here are 10 plans from Europe, Canada, Australia, Asia, the United States and Mexico.


These are our picks for this week’s Best of Untapped Cites Photo Pool. Remember to hashtag your pictures with #untappedcitie to have your photos featured! Keep an eye on what everyone is snapping by viewing our live feed.

Art from food cans at the 2013 “Canstruction” in Brookfield Place (formerly World Financial Center) by @akwidget. See more of the amazing sculptures here.

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