One of my favourite street signs has disappeared.
Northbound on Spadina Crescent at Russell Street, there is a pedestrian crossing into the grounds of 1 Spadina Crescent, originally Knox College. There was also the standard “walking man” crossing sign in plain view especially to riders of the Spadina Streetcar as it rounded the circle.
Over a year ago, someone added a hula hoop giving the impression that, just maybe, 1 Spadina Crescent was home to an international competition — maybe the Hula Hoop Man was the only one still, er, standing after all these years.
Then, probably after the publicity it got, someone cleaned off the hoop, but the sharp-eyed could see a ghostly ring. Who knows what Hula Hoop Man got up to in the dead of night, a spin or two by the moonlight.
Now, alas, there is a traffic light about to be activated and Hula Hoop Man is gone.
Let’s hope that his replacement doesn’t spend too much time holding up the Spadina streetcars.