The Cumberland Street entrance of Bay Station re-opened recently at long last. Construction had been delayed by unexpected conflicting structures when the old entrance was demolished.
It’s a nice entrance, as TTC buildings go, but something very odd shows up in the decor. At the bottom of the entrance stairway, we find not a beautiful mural, not an historic account of Yorkville, not even ad advertising frame, but a copy of TTC Bylaw No. 1 at very large scale. This is no cardboard throwaway, but a metal sign built to last the ages.
There’s only one tiny problem: the date.
In fact, the TTC Bylaw was updated in 2009 as we can see by visiting the Bellair Street entrance.
Here, we have the same info as on the Cumberland panel (the Human Rights statement and the Bylaw), plus a “here’s the bylaw stuff you really need” sign. However, this is the new bylaw from January 2009.
I have been advised that the Cumberland panel will be replaced. Why did this happen in the first place? What is so important about the bylaw that it deserves pride of place on a wall that could have held a decoration appropriate to the neighbourhood? Why was a sign installed with text that was replaced 8 months earlier by a new and substantially revised bylaw?
There is a move afoot to set up a website where people can report signage foul-ups. It may be hosted here, or maybe elsewhere. Once this is in place, I will publish the details.