Originally Posted by softee
Yep, Yonge and Dundas has always been a brightly lit flashy district. I hope they bring back the iconic spinning discs from Sam The Record Man once Ryerson U redevelops the property Sam's used to occupy.
Ryerson sadly does not want to foot the bill. They have been dragging thier feet and did not incoporate it into the new buildigns design as promised, then they promised they would put it somewhere visable on campus but biffed that move also. Its all comming down to money. The thing is that I wish management was more transparent about it, I don't know if students would support paying for the sign restoration since many students have no memory of it (neither do I but I do remember it from old rap videos and shots from Toronto as a child) but if they were told of the significance and history of the sign I am sure they would support the $5-10 bucks it would cost to add to tuition.
Ryerson is saying the sign will costs at least $250-375K to refurbish.
I my mind it would probably be cheaper to re-create the sign with modern LEDs and give it the re-make treatment like the Coke logo at Times Square or Sanyo/TDK/Coke logos at Piccadilly.
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^ In this Ghetto Concept video which is from 1997 you can catch a glimpse of the SAMS sign and the old Yonge stretch with some of its neons still in action. There are plans to bring back this neon and light action up to Gerrad Street I think studies are concluding on it right now.