And if you like world class cities, go live in one

Ever-wise city councillors vote to kill street life on Bloor. I guess they’re hoping this will transform the exciting line-up of nondescript architectureinexpensive European chain clothing stores and discounters into Toronto’s own answer to the Magnificent Mile. If you’d rather be able to buy the occasional hot dog, well, perhaps you should just move:

Councillor Peter Milczyn said the widened sidewalks planned will enhance the attractiveness of Toronto for visitors. “Indeed there’s a place in our city for some street vendors,” Milczyn said. “But to those who like Middle Eastern bazaars, go to the Middle East.”

Do you ever get the feeling that, despite the odd well-publicized junkets, many of our local politicians have never been to any large cities outside their own?