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Pylons serve a purpose, but they definitely have a shelf life. And when it’s exceeded, they become a symbol of a do-nothing approach.
Regular readers of this column are familiar with our disdain for the city’s employment of pylons as a quick fix for just about anything, aside from alerting people to go around the problem.
Just plunk down a couple pylons on top of whatever needs fixing, and get around to it later.
Not only do pylons convey indifference, they tend to migrate away from the assigned purpose. If they’re on the road, they get mowed down by vehicles. And pylons on sidewalks are a target for louts who enjoy putting the boots to them.
With enough to drink, we’d be tempted to kick them to the curb, too.
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So when we got a note about pylons that have long occupied prime real estate on Queens Quay, we were incredulous that they have managed to hold their ground.
Steve Westren sent us a note about “honking big cones” in the middle of the westbound lanes of Queens Quay, at Small St., just around the bend from Lake Shore Blvd. E.
“They’re right in the middle of the road, on a curve, so cars are constantly slamming on their brakes or suddenly steering around them, veering into lanes on either side, including oncoming traffic,” said Westren.
“The really baffling part about all this is that the cones have been there for at least 3-4 months now.”
Baffling? For sure. It’s baffling to us that the pylons have stood sentry in the same place for so long, with all that traffic whizzing by. It has us wondering how many times city work crews have had to replace them, instead of fixing the problem.
STATUS: Kris Scheuer, a spokesperson for Toronto Water, emailed to say “a flow control gate in the sewer at that location requires repair. According to staff, the length of time for response is related to the age of the gate. It is quite old and requires specialized engineering support. Toronto Water will be meeting with engineers in the coming months to discuss a permanent resolution. In the interim, road plates will be installed (this) week to minimize the risk of hazard and road noise in the area.”
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