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In the cold clarity of this photograph, we are confronted with the sight of the Science Centre Station, one of 25 on the Eglinton Crosstown LRT1, so named after the local attraction. It is encircled by barriers. It is no longer simply a station, but an symbol of failure2 and controversy3. The fence expresses both unending construction4 and the desire to prevent its namesake from being moved to the Lakeshore5.

Architecture, Content, Door, Locale, Subway, Window

This Station is a monument to setbacks and debates that have stirred public ire. No one with responsibility will accept the continual reminder that this name evokes. What new name shall this station go by? What lack of imagination will this renaming evoke.

References

Wikipedia contributors, “Line 5 Eglinton,”  Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Line_5_Eglinton&oldid=1179147662 (accessed October 11, 2023).

Muriel Draaisma, “When will the Eglinton Crosstown LRT open? Metrolinx to give possible dates by end of summer,” CBC News, Aug 10, 2023, https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/metrolinx-opening-eglinton-crosstown-1.6933233, (accessed October 11, 2023)

CBC News, “Eglinton Crosstown plagued by 260 quality control issues, including improperly laid track: Metrolinx CEO”, Apr 27, 2023, https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/eglinton-crosstown-delays-verster-metrolinx-1.6824272, (accessed October 11, 2023)

Vanessa Balintec, “‘We’re not there yet’: Metrolinx CEO won’t provide opening date for troubled Eglinton Crosstown LRT,” CBC News, Sep 27, 2023, https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/eglinton-crosstown-light-rail-update-1.6979484, (accessed October 11, 2023)

Shawn Jeffords, “Toronto’s looking at how to keep Ontario Science Centre where it is — and could run its own,” CBC News, Jul 23, 2023, https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/ontario-science-centre-toronto-study-1.6914151#,(accessed October 11, 2023)

Office of the Premier, “Get Ready for More at Ontario Place,” Government of Ontario News Release, https://news.ontario.ca/en/release/1002945/get-ready-for-more-at-ontario-place, Apr 23, 2023, (accessed October 11, 2023)


  1. The 25-stop,19-kilometre line was last slated to be up and running in the fall of 2022. Work began in 2011 and Metrolinx previously announced completion dates of 2020 and 2021. [Draaisma] ↩︎
  2. The repeatedly delayed and over-budget Eglinton Crosstown LRT is being held up by some 260 quality control issues and there is still no credible timeline for its completion, the head of Ontario’s provincial transit agency said Thursday … Perhaps the single-biggest issue among a litany of problems, Verster said, is that track laid in 2021 was built outside of Metrolinx’s specifications and the mistake is only now being fixed by CTS. A misstep of just a few millimetres runs the risk of a train climbing onto the tracks and derailing, Verster said.[CBC News] ↩︎
  3. In April, Ford announced his plan to move the Ontario Science Centre and combine it with his government’s controversial plan to revamp Ontario Place. The province plans to demolish the centre in Don Mills and building housing in its place. Construction on the new centre is set to begin in 2025 with its opening expected in 2028. The current science centre will remain open in the interim [Jeffords] ↩︎
  4. “Any prediction of an opening date at this stage of the project will just be an estimate, and I’m not comfortable giving that,” said Metrolinx CEO Phil Verster. [Balintec] ↩︎
  5. On April 18 2023, the provincial government announced the Ontario Science Centre will move to the redeveloped Ontario Place as an anchor tenant – housed in a new custom-built, state-of-the-art facility, as well as in the iconic Cinesphere and Pod complex. Construction is expected to begin in 2025, with an opening slated for 2028 [Premier] ↩︎

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