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Toronto will NOT be a world class city under Rob Ford. Bicyclists, public transit, and pedestrians will suffer with him as the Wonderful Wizard of Toronto, with him behind the curtain.

Yes, it's best to have someone leading the city who is attuned to these sorts of issues instead of living isolated in a suburban mansion.

Yes because following the other established Political minds down the same rabbit hole has done Toronto such a great service. Why not just follow a former Deputy Mayor, a former deputy Premier and A guy who can't even keep volunteers loyal to his campaign into the big chair, that should solve all our problems. Weather you all like it or not Toronto is NOT Manhattan, the war against the Car will not be solved by a few bike paths no matter how much you wish it to be so.

A good part of Toronto functions in the same way as Manhattan. It's compact, dense, transit-friendly and walkable. There is no war on cars. The motorists have always been waging a war against pedestrians, cyclists and transit vehicles for dominance of the road, and they achieved that by the 1950s. They never want to share space, they want every space to be like a highway, for their convenience. They want to keep pedestrians on narrow sidewalks even on Queen, Yonge, or Bloor. They don't want cyclists. But it's time for these self-entitled individuals to share because they produce so much congestion, noise, and pollution. I'm from the Junction, a part of the city that wasn't built around cars and I have no interest in some affluent guy from Etobicoke putting his convenience over the vitality of my neighbourhood.

When we recently stopped following those '50s "Car is King" politicians down the same hole. People started coming back to the city, buying condos, buying houses, renting out better maintained apartments and revitalizing areas not built around the car.

Those parts of Toronto not like Manhattan are only moving in the direction of density, and non-car transportation. If they don't they'll stagnate. Their most vibrant places are the likes of North York Centre, which are clearly growing and becoming more friendly to pedestrians, cyclists, and transit users by the year. They're evolving into neighbourhood that are starting to resemble ours. So we need to leave the hole and move towards progressive change. Some people in Etobicoke mansions may feel comfortable in the hole, but it'll just lead to stagnation and deterioration.

A city that gets a lot of press around the world for its cultural events and festivals as well as green initiatives can once again become a provincial backwater. Montreal or Vancouver would love to take the spotlight that we've worked so hard to achieve.

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