And that's universally what all the complaints boil down to about Toronto, blah blah blah. Generally, they originate from people who have driven through, stopped once, or "used to" do something here.
If I had a nickel for every time somebody who "used to live" or "used to work" in Toronto says it's worse now then X years ago, I'd be a rich man. A very rich man. Actually, in this blog alone, I'd have made 15 cents.
Everybody's got an opinion, and more importantly, everybody's got a solution. It's so simple too ...
We just need to replace everybody on city council with people who are willing to fix the problem because nobody's doing it.
Blah blah blah.
Connie Woodcock, in today's Toronto Sun, says [Toronto Sun, T.O.'s too expensive, dirty, dangerous]:
My daughter and I used to visit Toronto once a month for a doctor's appointment and spend the rest of the day wandering around, visiting bookstores, shopping along Bloor Street, eating lunch at a nice restaurant.Can you smell another nickel coming? See the "used to" thing? I'm not kidding when I say it's a common refrain.
The thought of spending a day in Toronto "enjoying" myself makes me tired. As for my daughter, it frightens her.[H/T, The Politic]
And, then you insert the blah blah blah. It's the liberal City Hall, it's the ban on pesticides, it's how we won't round up the homeless and lock them up, it's the rampant gun violence - that's the blah blah blah part.
I really need to start collecting my royalty cheques for those nickels.
I used to spend 48 hours in Toronto every year and now I know there is crime and filth on every street corner - I see murderers on every street corner. The real problem is not to address the cause of the crime or address the issues associated with living in a city of nearly 4 million people, the issue is we need City Hall to dump all liberals and replace them with conservatives - then voila, everything will be alright.
That, and I want free admission to Toronto attractions because my taxes pay for them.
Before I get the inevitable hate mail, does Toronto have problems? Yes, it most certainly does. But, simplistic "replace City Hall" campaigns and even more simplistic suggestions about the homeless and gun crime aren't going to work. What needs to happen is an understanding that Toronto is the fifth largest city in North America and cleaning up the window dressing isn't going to cut it - and that will require provincial and federal involvement.
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