Monday, March 14, 2005
On the CBC this morning they interviewed Toronto City Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong. Minnan-Wong is the councillor leading the charge against postering in Toronto. I was curious to hear what he had to say on the subject. What his opinion came down to though was nothing other than the fact that he doesn't seem to like posters. That's it, he doesn't like them and he wants Queen Street to be "clean." What is so perplexing is that Minnan-Wong is the councillor for Don Valley East, a ward that is far away from the urban core where postering is most common. Here's a suggestion councillor, go to Fairview Mall, it's just north of your ward, and it's nice and clean and antiseptic and dull! As I said before in this space, if people don't like the aesthetic of Queen Street or Kensington or elsewhere in downtown, they shouldn't go there. I can't imagine what kind of pathological obsession with neatness drives a suburban councillor to demand that an entire city look like an outdoor shopping mall.