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The Transit History of Lansdowne Avenue

Scott Lenner

Join us as we walk down Lansdowne Avenue-- a street that over the past 115 years has seen its local transit change from streetcar, to trolley coach, to diesel bus. We will take a close look at the elements of our streetscape today to search for clues about infrastructure long abandoned, and in doing so, examine how politics, urban design, labour, and technology helped to form the public transit we have today.

Can private enterprise deliver a public service?
What is the role of organized labour in the ever-changing field of mass transit?
How does land use dictate transit planning?
How do we look to transit's future?

Points of interest:
Canada Foundry
CP rail crossing
Lansdowne garage and carhouse

Participation warmly encouraged! Ask, speak, discuss.

Walk Start:

Earlscourt Loop on the south west corner of Lansdowne and St Clair (47A/B Lansdowne bus or 512 St Clair bus).

College and Lansdowne (47A/B Lansdowne bus, 505 Dundas streetcar, 506 Carlton streetcar).

Walk End:

Date: May 5

12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.




Advocacy and Politics, Architecture and Urban Planning, History and Places, People and Communities, Transit and Accessibility.


Uneven terrain, Breaks encouraged, Busy sidewalks, Dog-friendly walk, Family-friendly walk, Walk leader will use audio amplification.

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