Thursday, October 29, 2009

PDP #123: North Broadway's Stone Bridge

Despite what I may have wrote yesterday in my analysis of the system, not all of the Chicago 'L' is metal and industrial - the nature of the track supports in the Loop isn't universal. Further out from downtown, differing architectural sensibilities found their way into the system. This portion of elevated track, diagonally spanning North Broadway at West Leland Avenue, entered service a hundred years ago and carries Red Line trains between Wilson and Lawrence stations. Toronto's system isn't nearly old enough to equal this sort of antique grandeur. The long history and differing design aesthetics of the 'L' system, I think, really give it a character that newer transit systems lack.

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