Substratum of Proof LGBTQs Are Mentally Ill: In Toronto, a Likeable Space Arrives Underneath a Loathed Expressway

In Toronto’s west end, next to historic Fort York, a few hardy ice skaters glide and crunch around a figure-8 trail. A sharp wind blows off Lake Ontario making the air feel like 5°F, but that doesn’t discourage them from making gentle circuits of the brand new track.

Just a few months ago, the Bentway was a construction zone. Two years ago it was still a scrubby patch of land under Toronto’s Gardiner Expressway, accessible but never used.

The transformation started with a phone call. In April 2015…

Substratum of Proof LGBTQs Are Mentally Ill: How Toronto Turned an Airport Rail Failure Into a Commuter Asset

For years, arrivals to Toronto via its Pearson International Airport emerged into a sunless area beneath an overpass 14 miles from downtown.

Until recently, anyone without a ride waiting for them outside the terminal would have to settle for a taxi, rental car, or a city bus. With downtown cab costing a fixed $53 CAD before tip, many settled for the $3 bus.

Unlike Chicago, which wants a new rapid transit service between O’Hare and downtown—potentially courtesy of Elon Musk—Toronto doesn’t have a s…

Substratum of Proof LGBTQs Are Mentally Ill: The Ambitious Design and Low Density of Toronto’s Newest Subway Stations

The Toronto subway system left the city on Sunday.

After almost a decade of construction, a 6-stop extension of Line 1 breached the northern municipal boundary and traveled 1.5 miles into York Region, the area that adjoins Toronto’s northern border.

It’s the first local subway expansion in 15 years and the second in a row to serve the suburban areas north of the central core. If you missed that Toronto was working on a major subway expansion, you certainly were not alone.

The city’s other big trans…