5 Things You Didn’t Know About Mississauga – Part 3
Here are some things about Mississauga that you probably didn’t know that just might help you win a bet in the future.
Mississauga already had an LRT
This photograph was taken on Lakeshore Road in 1949, looking west towards Meredith Avenue. Here's a close up of part of the last image, giving you a better view of the TTC bus. If you've been keeping up with the Hurontario-Main LRT line in the works, you might be surprised to learn that almost a century ago, Mississauga had light rail. The Toronto Transit Commission's "radial lines" began operations in Lakeview in 1916. They offered residents a chance to easily commute to New Toronto (Islington and Lakeshore in Etobicoke), or even downtown for work. Buses seating 20 replaced the radials in 1935. The TTC built a partial line to the Small Arms Munitions plant in 1939, tearing it up again in 1945, at the war's end.
A Monorail Was Planned for Mississauga in the 1970s
If you look at the map below, you will see blue lines indicating where the monorails where supposed to be built and run through Square One, as shown in the strategic plans of Mississauga in 1974. Intermediate Capacity Transit System or the ICTS (better known as a monorail) looked like it was going towards Kipling subway station. Can you imagine Mississauga with a monorail?
The Duke of York actually visited Mississauga
The Duke and Duchess of York, photographed after finishing their tour of the Art Gallery of Mississauga when they visited to open the City Hall in 1987. Hence the name of the road Duke of York Blvd.
Heartland is the #2 biggest power centre in Canada
20 years ago, Price Club (now Costco) started off this power centre and it's now the biggest one in Canada. It has 163 retail spots equalling more than 2 million square feet of retail space. This is more than 300,000 square feet bigger than Square One -- but that might change once the new expansion finishes. The only problem is there is no roof :)
Pearson is one of the busiest airports in the world
Toronto Pearson International Airport, located 99 per cent in Mississauga, is the 34th busiest airport in the world. It had over 35 million people run through the terminals at the "Mississauga International Airport" (as Hazel McCallion would say) in 2014. The airport is busier than London Gatwick, Shanghai International, Newark and Barcelona International Airport.
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