Toronto downtown

Toronto’s downtown lay just north of WU on the STL metro, and I was going there. It started at the equivalent of RL Delmar Station, so I had to go east to Forest Park and then northwest to get there. I looked a couple times at the metro map — downtown Toronto was just the size of a large city block or two, but the metro made multiple subterranean loops through it on the scale of large rooms, not neighborhoods. The downtown consisted pretty much of parking lots, seemingly with underground garages underneath, with a diamond-organized lattice of vents for the garages on single tubular stalks, with the vents being horizontal tubes of rounded-rectangle shape in cross-section, for an overall array-of-blow-dryers effect. It was decidedly of late-modern vintage by the forms and materials, and by the bizarre urban strategy.

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