Gritty Toronto


I’m really pleased how this photo turned out. I dialed back the saturation to keep the tractor in colour but everything else in b & w. This is along Toronto’s waterfront. The raised highway is the Gardner Expressway. They keep talking about taking it down, but our current municipal government is far too incompetent to be tasked with such an endeavour. Best to wait until we have a more fiscally responsible government that gets how cities work. Our Mayor and his left-wing council firmly believe that if you simply close highways, create enough congestion, and over-tax car owners, people will magically start riding bicycles everywhere. It’ll never happen. You only have to look at the almost empty bike lanes everywhere to understand this. What we need are some really creative solutions that include all modes of transportation, rather than a war on cars.

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5 Responses to Gritty Toronto

  1. diane says:

    Going out on a limb here; I’m guessing that riding a bicycle everywhere might be a bit hard in Toronto in the winter. At least I know you couldn’t do it here, though that may be saying something about our deplorable snow management. Maybe Toronto is better in this regard?

  2. davecandoit says:

    Toronto has a great trick up its sleeve. Before the Mayor started clogging our roads with unused bike lanes, the city had to remove the snow from the roads on numerous occasions over the course of the winter. You know, like haul it away. Now all that snow gets piled up in the unused bike lanes saving the city money. In the winter the roads are even more congested, of course. And cars produce far more pollution when they’re idling than when they’re moving. Before bike lanes you’d wait for maybe two light changes maximum at most intersections. Now it’s always at least two or more any time of day, because of the line of cars caused by eliminating a lane. And don’t even get me started on all the storefront retail businesses that rely on street parking for customers. The lifeblood of their business, their street parking, is being replaced by bike lanes. Forget about taking your business to the local mom & pop hardware store, their parking has been eliminated. Or worse, you have to park on a side street which takes up valuable space from those who live on the street. Most just drive to the mall to shop. So, long story long, yes, it’s a mess, a nightmare, really. Thank god there’s an election only one year away. I’m counting down the days like a five year old in December counting his sleeps to Christmas morning. If this Mayor gets re-elected I will shoot myself in the head, twice!

  3. davecandoit says:

    I should probably mention, Diane, that when any of my friends bring up bike lanes, others chime in with, “For God’s sake, don’t get him started!”


  4. lynnwiles says:

    I won’t get you started, but do need to say that this is a great photo with the desaturation.

  5. davecandoit says:

    Well, if you really must….

    Just kidding. Thank you.

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