Toronto Subway plan, 1910
Toronto Subway plan, 1910
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Toronto Subway plan, 1910

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This is the very first Toronto subway proposal, dating to 1910.  In that year, City Controller Horatio Hocken ran for mayor the slogan "Tubes for the People." This was not only catchy, but also a way to express his displeasure with the privately owned Toronto streetcar system. (The TTC didn't exist then, and the streetcars were privately owned and operated.) Hocken lost the election, but the proposal was popular. After all, Boston, Philadelphia and New York had subways, so why not Toronto?

The City Council agreed to hire a pair of American engineers named Charles Jacobs and J. Vipond Davies to design a subway system for the city of Toronto. This was Jacobs & Davies' preferred proposal, which combines elements of the modern Yonge-Spadina subways with the Relief Line which still hasn't been built 100 years later - and an element of Transit City, using feeder light rail lines to get suburban passengers to the Danforth, Dundas, and St. Clair terminals. Two years later, this proposal went to the electorate, which voted it down. Ironically, in that same year, the voters also elected Horatio Hocken mayor.

- Designed in New York City, printed in Nashville, Tennessee.
- Printed on satin finish 80# cover stock - 220 GSM.
- Image will be printed with a border for framing.
- Please allow five business days for production before it gets shipped out.
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- If you order a framed print, it'll come in a black birch wood frame.

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