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New Light Makes Street Look Cleaner

The Trafalgar Pole cleans up cluttered streetscapes, consolidating utility boxes in the base of a street light.
January 14, 2004, 2pm PST | Abhijeet Chavan | @legalaidtech
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Toronto area developer Fred DeGasperis used to hear frequent complaints from home builders that buyers expected a discount for lots containing "street furniture", the term used by the industry to refer to the utility boxes that sit on front yards and distribute telephone, cable or hydro services. DeGasperis' solution was to design a new light post called the Trafalgar Pole that is capable of housing these utility services in its wide base, thereby removing them from nearby lawns. While purchasers are not always able to immediately identify what is different about developments that use the pole, they do recognize that the streetscape is significantly improved. Utility companies also like the pole because it makes locating utilities much simpler, particularly during Canadaian winters when ordinary utility boxes can disappear under a snow bank.

Thanks to Geoffrey Singer

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Published on Tuesday, January 13, 2004 in The Toronto Star
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