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Toronto the Not in a Death Spiral

March 30th, 2010
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spiral torontoMany of Toronto’s critics, this one included, believe they have waged a war on cars over the past 20 years. The war has been waged in the name of getting people on the TTC: give the city of Toronto a nickel, they’ll buy a quarter’s worth of bike lanes; give them a dollar, they’ll buy $10 worth of street car tracks; give them $10 an they’ll buy $100 worth of subway line. And recall, these people want to tear down the Gardiner Expressway, all the better to see all those condos that dot the lake.

The Toronto Board of Trade issued a report yesterday that says Toronto’s commute time is the worst in 19 major urban centres, including the notorious Los Angeles, and that is a “glaring downfall” in the city’s economic picture.

The Board of Trades solution?

Building the city’s public transit infrastructure is critical to improving productivity, Ms. Wilding [Carol Wilding, head of the Toronto Board of Trade]…

In other words what we’ve been doing the last twenty years isn’t working, but if we do it faster…


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