Christopher Hume, the Toronto Star's urban Affairs columnist, gave his readers a kick up the backside in his column from last Wednesday.
Using his recent vacation spot of Sweden as a fuse, Mr. Hume launched into a tirade about Toronto's - and Canada's - lack of vision and foresight when it comes to issues such as energy conservation, sustainable development and efficient transit.
Nothing much new for RTH readers here; however, I have to say it was still quite a shock to see my favourite Star columinst in such despondent mood.
One of the reasons Chris Hume is such a favourite here at RTH is that he has proven himself to be an enlightened, intelligent and progressive individual with a lot more than moans and groans in his ink pot.
Mr. Hume regularly serves up down-to-earth analysis of urban issues, such as architecture and street design, while also offering an easy to understand synopsis of how to do things right, and what it means when we do things wrong.
I can't fault the man for his views, or his barely contained frustration. But I do hope he cheers up soon and maybe offers us some insights into how we can claw our way out of this vacuum we've created.
If you haven't discovered Christopher Hume yet, you can find his thice-weekly column online.
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