Since May 2012, Callaghan Lane in South Cabbagetown has been a shortcut in which you would actually like to spend some time. Transformed by the creators of the smart city project, the alleyway has been changed from a dirty, grey passage to an outdoor art gallery with transportation-themed installations.

Walls have been painted white, and lining the lane are sculptures, pieces by local graffiti artists, and a vertical garden. The initiative is not just pretty, but it is also useful: whilst appreciating the art, you can charge your phone via a bike pedal system plugged into the wall.

This alleyway beautification is part of the smart city project initiated by smart Canada. The campaign assembles and promotes innovative and original concepts to make our cities cleaner, more beautiful, and more efficient places to live. If you happen to be in Toronto take some time for this unique shortcut!


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