Friday, October 9, 2009

PDP #113: The Other Lawrence

Toronto's Lawrence Avenue has given its name to two TTC subway stations, Lawrence and Lawrence West, the latter of which was also used as a very painful character name pun in Scott Pilgrim vs. The Universe. Chicago, as it turns out, also has a Lawrence Avenue, which gave its name to Lawrence 'L' station a full fifty years before the one in Toronto was built. Interestingly enough, one stop south of it is Wilson station, another name which is duplicated in Toronto's system.

Lawrence station was the farthest north I travelled in Chicago. Though rebuilt in 1995, it still retains much of the turn-of-the-century wood and naked steel construction that seems to be common across the 'L' system. What I didn't notice until now, though, is that the Lawrence platform appears to lack the platform-edge safety strips that are universal in Toronto and common in Chicago, as well.

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