I Am Skooter
So here's us, on the raggedy edge.
She used to work in a diner / never saw a woman look finer / I used to order just to watch her float across the floor
— Neil Young, Unknown Legend
October 20, 2003
Toronto? Now there’s a town that knows how to pick a mayor!
I must say, it’s enjoyable watching the insanity that is Toronto’s municipal politics from a distance. I’m in no way suggesting that Vancouver is perfect - I mean, nothing here really makes sense - but at least we’re moving onwards with resolutions to some issues. Toronto just keeps arguing about the same things.
So John Tory - the Mayor Apparent, from this vantage point at least - has released his “Green Light Plan” which suggests, in part:
- Replacing Toronto’s antiquated traffic computer which controls sequencing of traffic lights
- Adding more advanced green signals and having them operate all day
- Better co-coordinating of Toronto’s road maintenance schedule
- Constructing more neighborhood friendly Toronto Parking Authority lots across the city
- Allowing TTC Metropass holders to board buses and streetcars by the rear door under the honour system
Really, so much of this is laughable that it feels pointless to comment on this. In brief:
- Nothing in Tory’s plan suggests that people should be getting out of their cars
- Nothing in this plan does anything to promote alternative modes of transit
- What the hell does increasing parking have to do with helping traffic move more efficiently, and exactly who wants an enormous parking garage in their neighbourhood
- How Tory plans on implementing a partial honour system on the TTC is astounding; anybody who’s ever ridden the current honour system routes on Queen & King streets knows how many fares are lost on these two routes alone
All I can say is voters usually get what they deserve, and in this case that looks like John Tory. Don’t forget: this man supported Mel Lastman aggressively.
Posted by skooter at 11:51 PM
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