Tuesday’s Headlines

• James: Services review may be city’s last best chance [The Star]

• Video: Finch light rail tranit was a chance to build our city [The Star]

• The Fixer: Makeshift cable repair an eyesore on Sentinel Rd. [The Star]
• Peter Kuitenbrouwer: What’s going on with the price of gas? [National Post]
• Flouride to stay in tap water [National Post]
• Toronto votes to continue fluoridating water [Globe & Mail]
• Fluoride, or how I learned to stop worrying and drink the water [Globe & Mail]

• Widow faces eviction from TCHC-owned home after being promised she can stay [The Star]
• TCHC considers selling houses on the open market [The Sun]

• Glasgow Lord Provost drops by for wee visit [National Post]
• Metro Toronto Convention Centre up for sale [Globe & Mail]
• Women walk the talk after officer’s offending ‘slut’ remarks [Globe & Mail]
• Monkey See, Monkey Do [The Sun]
• Photos of Toronto pillow fight day 2011 [BlogTO]

One comment

  1. Funny, I’ve always expected Hume to have a Corren styled British accent, he comes off more like a political reporter in real life.

    Anyways, I’d argue the “discontinuity” Hume speaks of has more to do with the frequent bus service along the corridor, which has allowed it to achieve densities uncommon in most other city’s suburbs.

    The myth that running an LRT along it would magically turn it into a happy urban strip needs to be debunked. Human settlement has always been most successful along cores, not strips. In other cities where LRT has revitalized the community, several other factors were at play.

    As for saying there is no “community,” once again he comes off as a smug jackass. It may be different than a community downtown, but it still exists. Schools, community centres, libraries, parks, etc. exist all along the area. Working at a grocery store in an area far more suburban, it is not uncommon to see customers run into their friends while shopping and engage in conversation. I’d say that represents a form of community. If Hume wants the area to develop like a dense urban community, pushing for 2 hour transfers so that people can use transit to get on, off, and back on again would do more to achieve his goal than putting the bus on rails.

    (This is not to mention he focused on Finch between Yonge and Jane, which for the most part was unlikely to see rail in the next 20-30 years due to cutbacks anyways)

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