Recently I read an article bemoaning the state of traffic in Toronto, and that what was peak rush-hour volume twenty years ago is now ordinary in the middle of the day. As I recall, it didn't go so far as to suggest building a new system of expressways in the city - fortunately. This city needs neither a new Spadina Expressway argument nor a new Spadina Expressway.
Allen Road is all that we got of the Spadina Expressway, before popular and mayoral opposition halted it at Eglinton Avenue. I wouldn't shed a tear, personally, if not even one more meter of expressway was never laid in Toronto again. We've spent seventy years kowtowing to the automobile in urban design. If only the roads could usually be so empty as they are in this photograph - then the car could be what it should be, a luxury but not a necessity.
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