I want to understand why the erection of Frank Gehry’s towers, or the gleam in David Mirvish’s eye, makes thoughtful people like Christopher Hume weak in the knees. A year ago, I wrote about all the ways we sabotage our plan for the City of Toronto. It was a response to how Mirvish had tied Toronto’s…Read more
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The triumph of Scarborough subway advocates is demoralizing. I felt the same way at the height of the Toronto casino debate, but this is worse. Much worse. The casino debate was like a gold rush. Everyone was afraid of missing out. Otherwise decent public servants and politicians turned into lobbyists for a plan that would…Read more
In a radio interview I heard a farmer talk about crowd sourcing to help pay his mortgage. He had produced a video in his kitchen with which he had convinced some people that they were taking a stand against the death of the family farm by making sure he avoided foreclosure. Was this a sincere…Read more
[caption id="attachment_2566" align="alignleft" width="300"] Yonge St. is just black and white without Pride[/caption] While it’s still fresh in my mind, I want to say something about identity politics, alienation, and inclusiveness. I have argued that Pride depends for its relevance on its undiluted gayness. To maintain this quality of spectacle, it should keep straight folk…Read more
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