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What possible good reason is there for leaving part of a sawed-off metal pole in a pedestrian-filled sidewalk, where it can only be a menace?
Walking in the downtown core sometimes seems like navigating an obstacle course, with all the obstructions and impediments that have to be avoided to get where you’re going.
So the city has a responsibility to at least try to keep them to a minimum, especially when they’re downright dangerous, which is definitely the case on the south side of King St., one block west of University Ave.
John Kotyk emailed us about “an accident (potentially fatal, said with not much exaggeration) waiting to happen near the southeast corner of King St. and Emily St.
“Protruding from the sidewalk is a knee-high, roughly 8-inch hollow pole that’s been cut off and left out in the open. Anyone, whether cyclist or pedestrian, falling on top of it would be very badly injured.
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“I walk past it every day and it’s been like that for at least a year. For the last month or so it was covered by a pylon (so somebody knows about it) but as unsecured pylons tend to do, it has disappeared and we’re left with an open hazard again.”
We went there and found the sawed-off pole just down the street from an entrance to the St. Andrew subway station, which only adds foot traffic to an area that’s always dense with people.
A Google Street View image taken last November shows a pylon covering the stumpy remnant of the pole, so it’s been there for a long time.
The hollow cavity is stuffed full of street trash, while its edges are so sharp and rusty that anyone who brushes up against it could be cut, never mind something as calamitous as falling on it.
We couldn’t help but wonder why whoever cut it down didn’t think of the danger they left behind, and why it didn’t occur to them to cut the stump off flush with the sidewalk.
Status: We’ve sent a note about it to transportation services, which is looking into it and will do what’s necessary to make it safe.
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