The Billion-Year-Old Curb Bulbout

Bloor Street didn't land on this billion-year old rock; the rock landed on Bloor Street.

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September 20, 2019, 1:00 PM PDT

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell


Bloor and Major STreets

This intersection already had a lot going for it from a complete streets perspective. Then a rock appeared. | Google Streetview

Jack Lackey reports on the curious case of a billion-year-old boulder that's sitting at the corner of a busy intersection in Toronto.

"Anyone who has travelled along Bloor St., west of Spadina Ave., may have spotted a massive boulder at the southwest corner of Boor and Major Sts. and wondered why it’s there," writes Lackey. "The rock was excavated during construction that has made Bloor a challenge for drivers and pedestrians this year, and deposited exactly where motorists who want to head south onto Major make a right turn."

Lackey's sympathies clearly lie with drivers, not the rock.

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