An 1910 example of seeking a future for Toronto.

Below is a 1910 article on seeking a future for Toronto, posted here simply as it was transcribed along with the recent playground article. Both articles were on the same page of the newspaper scrapbook page and the person who does the transcripts of the old articles, thought both were to be done.

It it is a interesting article. The newspaper source was not identified on the scrapbook page.


The Bell Telephone Company has prepared plans for the extension of its system in this vicinity, indicating a belief of the company in the growth of Toronto which would surprise the average citizen. That modern telephone companies must plan far into the future is shown by an exceedingly interestiing address on the telephone service in America recently read before the International Conference of the European Telephone and Telegraph demonstrations in Paris by Mr John J. Carty, chief engineer of the American Telephone & Telegraph Company.

In plans for New York and for the other cities in the United States it is found, all things considered, most economical when building new subways to plan for a period somewhere between fifteen and twenty years ahead. Such considerations as these have guided the company in making fundamental plans for New York city which so far as buildings and subways are concerned, are intended to form a general guide for the construction work which will take place each year for the next twenty years. These plans are not speculative or paper proposals. Confidence is expressed by following them in the construction which the company does each year, putting down not only that which is needed for today, but that which after most careful study the best judgement of the company as to what will be required during a period of twenty years. “I could show you many interesting ways the vast sums of money which we have saved because of these fundamental plans and how absolutely essential they are in enabling us to expand most economically the enormous sums of money which we annually put into our plant.

“said Mr. Carty. “For example, our expenditure for new construction during the first six months of 1910 is more than $21,000,000. With such plans before us for a given city we are able to study the probable conditions of the plant at each period of its growth, and with such a guide we are deterred from installing a switchboard or other system, however suitable it may seem at the moment, that would not be capable of growing into that form and to that magnitude which would required of it by the conditions which it must encounter before its life has expired.

“Some idea of New York’s conditions so far as they are affected by magnitude may be obtained from the following data. The fundamental plans for that city, not including the vast suburban regions outside of the municipal limits of Greater New York, provided in 1900 for a system of 51,398 telephone stations, served from 43 central offices, the population of the city 3,437,000. In 1910 the plans provide for 376,000 services, served from 52 central offices, with an estimated population of 4,800,000. In 1930 the plans provide for 2,142,000 services from 109 central offices, with an estimated population of 8,800,000.”

Some day civic engineers and City Council will plan on the same scale

for the services under their control and work to their plans.

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