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Watching The Dismantling Of Everything Green In Toronto

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Jan 04, 2012 02:08 AM
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Image credit Lloyd Alter When Rob Ford was running for Mayor of Toronto, he complained about the "gravy train" of waste, and promised that he would balance the budget without any service cutbacks. Now he is Mayor, and the first report is in from KPMG, and we see that there is no gravy train of waste, and about the only place to save money is to strip out just about every green and environmental program that the city ever had. Recommendations include: "Reducing the scale" of cycling infrastructure: The report suggests that "Bicycle Plan and Program are more extensive than warranted by bicycle volumes." This is of course a chicken and egg situation; bike activist Dave Meslin points out via twitter: Cutting funding for bike lanes because there isn't enough demand is like cutting literacy funding because not enough people are reading. Bike lanes are not built to satisfy demand. They're meant to serve as an incentive to encourage more cycling by increasing safety. OK, we knew the new regime was anti bike lanes. But we didn't know that they were anti-everything green. The other recommendations are astonishing.... Read the full story on TreeHugger






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