An Endangered Species On the Drive

There aren’t many of us left it seems. Few enough, at least, for our needs to be ignored.

The “us” in this case are the folks who gave up wristwatches some time in the 60s and who have never bothered with cell phones in the years since. We are the “us” for whom the ubiquity of public clocks in the world we grew up in meant that no watches were necessary; we could turn our head and quickly find a clock somewhere on a wall that would tell us what we needed to know. Not now.

I guess building designers and interior decorators believe we all have cell phones these days and so the need for public clocks has disappeared and they are not designed into places any longer.

That’s “us” being ignored.

This whole thing came up for me today when I was halfway through my latest monthly walk on the Drive and I was resting for a moment outside the now closed and empty Wonderbucks store. I happened to notice that the only thing left in the store is a wall clock above where the cashiers’ desk used to be. It was still running, though an hour late (damn those time changes), and it was comforting for me to know the time.

So, there is a clock available to the public in Wonderbucks. There is another in the Tim Hortons in Il Mercato, and a third at Skylight Restaurant (over the serving hatch at the east end of the building). There may be others, but these are the only ones that come to mind right now.

We need to encourage more public timepieces. And more benches for sitting, too.

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2 Responses to An Endangered Species On the Drive

  1. pennystreet546 says:

    I’d love to see a public clock in the Napier Greenway. We talked about getting one a few years ago, but they’re quite expensive — I’m talking about an analog clock on a post, fancy and old-fashioned.

  2. drive flaneur says:

    Daiso / Yokoyaya (88 W. Pender) sells large (17 cm / 6 inch) clocks as do dollar stores with a single AA cell battery for power.
    Maybe the BIAs should give them away with props to stick in a window or 3.
    I too miss public clocks as in barber shoppes.

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