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Old November 1st, 2005, 02:26 AM   #21
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Hey, whatya know. Thanks for the correction.
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Old November 1st, 2005, 05:04 AM   #22
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thank you for the responses, every time i've tried that route i end up going outside at the subway line and then back into the PATH, so i don't have to go outside at all?
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Old November 2nd, 2005, 06:32 AM   #23
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Aaron King,
From Metro Hall you can get to Union Station without having to go outside.
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Old November 5th, 2005, 06:09 PM   #24
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I lived in Toronto for a year, just next door to City Hall (so just at the Northern edge of the PATH system, where it says 'Holiday Inn', now a University of Toronto residence).

Here's a map of the whole system:


It's an incredble resource - I used it regularly to get to the Air Canada Centre or SkyDome, starting in Nathan Philips Square. This was about a 20 minute walk, all underground. See if you can trace my route down to Union Station which is adjacent to the ACC, which is just off the southern edge of the map!

I have only one picture of the system, taken in the section beneath the TD Centre complex:


Each section of the system has it's own 'theme', genrally matching the tower above it (hence the TD centre bit is black, Beneath the BMO building it's white, beneath the RBC building it's golden, and so on). The malls beneath each tower are connected by corridors, generally maintained by collaboration between both building owners. The city takes responsibility for maintaining signage etc.

As for 24-hours access - I can testify that it's open all hours. I have no idea how they keep the homeless out, as there are several unguarded access points. Although all the shops close by around 6pm, most entrances and exits remain open (though some are locked at night).

Given the irregular pattern of the PATH walkways, it's very easy to get disoriented and lost in the system!
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Old November 5th, 2005, 08:09 PM   #25
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^It's a shame they changed the storefronts at TD Centre. I loved the uniformity of them.
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Old November 5th, 2005, 08:22 PM   #26
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Eventually they should connect Citibank to Simcoe, because it just seems so stupid have to go all the way around to King street and then back down.
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Old November 5th, 2005, 10:59 PM   #27
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^connect both Citibank and Simcoe to Metro Convention Centre. Maybe after the Ritz and Cadillac Fairview buildings are built.
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Old November 6th, 2005, 02:11 AM   #28
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How old is that map? If I remember correctly, the sections marked as 'coming soon' are already complete, are they not?
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Old November 6th, 2005, 02:58 AM   #29
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My favourite area is the Scotiabank atrium... there's an area (beside the food court) where you can look straight up and see Scotia Plaza just towering there. Very imposing.

I also love TD Centre, the colours are, for the most part, very coordinated. White on black. Sleek and sexy.

In terms of the MINT cluster PATH areas, the best shopping would go to the shops of FCP.
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Old November 6th, 2005, 03:04 AM   #30
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I hear from some friends going to University of Toronto Scarborough Campus that most of their buildings are linked through underground pathways also. When winter comes thats a pretty good deal.
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Old November 6th, 2005, 03:06 AM   #31
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nice! I love this!
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Old November 6th, 2005, 05:13 AM   #32
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"I also love TD Centre, the colours are, for the most part, very coordinated. White on black. Sleek and sexy."


Yea, except they caved to the tennants, and allowed the storefronts to be changed to the stores custom facades.

What a bloody shame eh? Mies designed that shopping concourse...down to the last detail (just like the banking hall). Sure it's "stark"....but it's a Mies...what were you expecting...baroque???

The TD Centre, as great as it is, has been ****ed-over quite a bit on the integrity of it's purist form, as prescribed by it's designer. Someone should get a boot in the ass for it too.






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Old November 6th, 2005, 05:22 AM   #33
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Quote:
Originally Posted by KGB

The TD Centre, as great as it is, has been ****ed-over quite a bit on the integrity of it's purist form, as prescribed by it's designer. Someone should get a boot in the ass for it too.


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I totally agree.. I hate what they did to the concourse.
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Old November 7th, 2005, 05:31 PM   #34
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Montreal underground city (RÉSO):

It consists of 30 km of tunnels spread over an area of twelve square kilometres of downtown Montreal. The underground city includes 60 residential and commercial complexes comprising 3.6 square kilometres of floor space, including 80% of all office space and 35% of all commercial space in the centre.

There are more than 120 exterior access points to the underground city. Some 500,000 people use the underground city per day, especially to escape Montreal's harsh winter.

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Old November 8th, 2005, 02:15 AM   #35
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I have to say, Montreal's undergournd city is on a different scale to Toronto's! It's just so HUGE, and on multiple levels below ground, too. Unbelievable.
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Old November 8th, 2005, 04:32 AM   #36
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^ are they not basically the same size? Toronto's PATH is a 27km network.

On Toronto's PATH website, it claims that Guinness World Records has it as the largest underground shopping complex. However, I've seen sources that claim Montreals is the biggest, so I always assumed they were pretty close.
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Old November 8th, 2005, 08:14 AM   #37
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I think Montreal's network extends over a larger area, but isn't as comprehensive, i.e. it only covers a few streets. Toronto's on the other, covers the bulk of it's downtown with few gaps.

But I'm no expert... this is all just from memory!
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