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A UNIVAC 1107 computer, installed in 1963 And in 1969 has still not taken over traffic control in 1969

1969, A UNIVAC 1107 computer, installed in 1963, is progressively taking over control of all traffic control signals within the Metropolitan Area. This system has significantly improved traffic flow resulting in considerable savings in roads and intersection improvements. At December 31, 1969, 89% of all traffic signals were under computer control. This computer also continued to be used in 1969 for a Transportation Research Programme of the Metropolitan Toronto Planning Board.


Amazing Spadina expressway futuristic drawing UNIVERSITY of TORONTO Bulletin FRIDAY 13thMARCH 1970

HARBORD-SPADINA intersection as it may appear in five or six years if the Metropolitan Toronto plan for the area is implemented was sketched for the announcement distributed by the Metro planners on Monday. The artist imagined himself looking south. As indicated by the arrows, southbound vehicles on the Spadina Expressway may come up to street level south of Bloor, then turn left on Harbord to make connections with St. George or Queen’s Park Crescent. Northbound vehicles would drop down to the Expressway level shortly after making a right turn off Harbord. The Metro Department of Roads and Traffic has made estimates of hourly volumes in peak periods. Its people report their studies indicate that 600 northbound vehicles on the Spadina Avenue service road south of Har-bord would swell to 1100 north of the intersection : of these 400 would drop down to the Expressway proper. The forecast for southbound vehicles is that 800 would peel off from the Expressway stream and make the left turn onto Harbord Street.



John Howards residence preservation fails in 1894

July, 1894 Canadian Architect and Builder.

The attention of the City Council of Toronto has recently been called to the fact that repairs are urgently required for the preservation of the residence of the late Mr. Howard, the donor of Howard Park. Mr. Howard, who was an enthusiastic antiquarian, bequeathed to the city not only many acres of beautiful park lands, but also his residence, stables, etc., with their interesting and valuable contents. To allow these to perish through neglect would show a lack of appreciation of the donor’s generosity which should be sufficient to discourage the giving of like public bequests in the future.

MAVETY STREET DIVISIONAL POLICE STATION Completed in 1958, total cost $574,765

Lower Don River gets as straight edges for Don Valley Parkway, for the Bloor St to Gardiner Expressway



In this drawing the darker winding line is the natural flow of the Don River, and the the straight line with the angled hatching is the steel pile created path for the River.


“160,000 square feet of steel sheet piling was driven along the edge to contain the embankment at a height of eight feet above the normal river level. The portion of the embankment adjacent to the piling has been backfilled with slag, since its lighter weight will reduce the dead load on the piling.”

Excerpt From

1962 to 1964



Gardiner Expressway demolition steel used as grading tool by excavator.


Removed deck support steel from the Gardiner Expressway, during the deck replacement. MARCH 20 2020.


The houses of the Playter Estate onclave.

Playter Estates is an area in the east end of Toronto, Ontario, Canada bounded by Jackman Avenue to the east, the Don River Valley to the west, Danforth Avenue in the south, and Fulton Avenue in the north. The neighbourhood is built on land once owned by the Playter family for whom two streets in the area are named. The old farmhouse of the Playter household at 28 Playter Crescent is now the Playter Mansion.







A monument to Mr Howard the person who gifted High Park to the city, was not wanted in 1890.

In an opinion article in August, 1890 the Canadian Architect and Builder, VOL. 111. -No. VIIl, opinionated that no monument is required for the man who donated High Park to the city.

Although we believe that the gift of High Park to the city of Toronto be acknowledged by the erection of a monument to the late Mr Howard , we cannot regret the defeat of the $10.000.00 bylaw for that purpose.

The monument that as erected.

If the money had been voted it would have been worse than wasted, except that it would have acknowledged the indebtedness of the citizens of Toronto to the man who so generously providcd the city with so magnificent a park.

A monument would to a certainty have been erected which, while it might meet with the approval of the general public, would have been held in contempt by the better informed. A bad statue is worse than no statue, and we cannot have good work, let us at least not have work of which we may be ashamed in the near future.

One Ryerson monument is sufficient in Toronto, and until we can obtain statues of real merit let us do without them.

The munificence of the late Mr. Howard can be’much better acknowledged and kept before the citizens of Toronto by the erection of a building which can he put to a useful purpose.

Let the building be of fine design and thoroughly and substantially built, and it will be a worthy monument the man man who was the 1st architect which the city of Toronto possessed. A bronze or marble bust of Mr Howard could be placed in a prominent position in the building, with a tablet giving particulars of his to the city.


and in September of that same year they wrote,

It is to be hoped that the project of a monument to the late Mr. Howard, the donor of High Park, Toronto, will not be lost sight of. Although the by-law for a $10,000 monument was defeated, we cannot but feel sure that if a definite scheme were brought forward looking to the erection of a building a suitable for park purposes and durable in construction, dedicated to the late architect’s memory, the people would gratefully vote the necessary money for its erection


Junction businesses BIA notice on COVID-19



Dear Junction Community and Neighbours,

We hope that you are staying safe and healthy. It is within all of us to follow all Public Health suggestions and guidelines in order to “flatten the curve” of COVID-19.

We want to remind you that many wonderful and unique small businesses in the Junction are open and operating, and these shops, restaurants, and services are here to support you. Many small businesses have been put under additional strain and have already seen a sizable Drop in Sales. If you are purchasing products and services in the coming days, we ask you to kindly consider their circumstances and how they might be able to provide some of your needs.

If you are stocking up on supplies, consider getting items from some of our merchants – coffee beans from one of our local coffee shops, for instance, or food from one of our excellent food shops. We also have book stores and a number of shops with games, hobbies and other ways to keep your family occupied during periods spent at home. Purchase a gift card from your favourite local business to be used when things settle down, or order takeout or delivery for your next meal. A little goes a long way!