Comment 77452

By Mithril Grill (anonymous) | Posted May 29, 2012 at 10:08:55

A time to remember. I doubt it will ever be equalled... the tentacles of that debate played on some very fundamental and longstanding psychological anxieties. I can't imagine another debate that could have the kind of legs and visibility that PAG2015/OCOF/WH/EM/IWS2.0 did. (School closures should have a lot of mojo but haven't come close.) You'd have to compress the half-century Red Hill saga into a two-or three-year span to begin to approximate the roil and roar. The mainstream adoption of social media has aided this cause immensely, but it can also have the less salutary side effects of creating a lot of white noise, vicarious activism and issue fatigue.

Meanwhile, the system just plods along, oblivious. For example, here's a Hamilton Chamber of Commerce presentation regarding provincial transit amendments from April 2009 and which manages to talk exclusively about trucking routes: http://bit.ly/MVgy7p

True walkability proponents or just deft PR flacks? Time will tell.

"There's a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious—makes you so sick at heart—that you can't take part. You can't even passively take part. And you've got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels, upon the levers, upon all the apparatus, and you've got to make it stop." - Mario Savio

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