Cutlure and the Lure of Cutting

By Ryan McGreal
Published June 08, 2010

At the risk of invoking the puckish wrath of Muphry's Law, I just have to point this out:

Olive: Youth steer clear of car cutlure [sic]

O Toronto Star of my childhood awe with print journalism: how far you have fallen in these latter days.

It's a shame, because David Olive is a smart commentator and his column always provides food for thought. This one covers the recently-noted decline of driving among young people.

"Younger people today - in fact, people of all ages - no longer see the car as a necessary expense or source of personal freedom," says Toronto-based urban futurist Richard Florida.

"In fact, it is increasingly just the opposite: not owning a car and not owning a house are seen by more and more as a path to greater flexibility, choice, and personal autonomy."

Confidential to the Star: copy editors are not just a cost centre to be minimized. The kinds of people who read newspapers care about this stuff, even now.

Ryan McGreal, the editor of Raise the Hammer, lives in Hamilton with his family and works as a programmer, writer and consultant. Ryan volunteers with Hamilton Light Rail, a citizen group dedicated to bringing light rail transit to Hamilton. Ryan wrote a city affairs column in Hamilton Magazine, and several of his articles have been published in the Hamilton Spectator. His articles have also been published in The Walrus, HuffPost and Behind the Numbers. He maintains a personal website, has been known to share passing thoughts on Twitter and Facebook, and posts the occasional cat photo on Instagram.

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By Borrelli (registered) | Posted June 08, 2010 at 09:18:18

Haha, luckily the headline was fine in the print edition. You're quick though: I was going to email you that story when I read it on the GO Train. Interesting comparison, cars vs cellphones. But imagine how nice it would be if people didn't need expensive, disposable lifestyle symbols at all...

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