Monday, August 24, 2009

PDP #90: The View from the Islands

I see in today's Star that the Toronto Port Authority is making noises about using federal stimulus money to dig a pedestrian tunnel from the mainland to the Island Airport. It's not a bridge, hey, but it's good enough, and considering that the TPA has spent almost ten million dollars on ferries that will only go back and forth across the 150-foot Western Gap, it's a better use of money and would reduce carbon dioxide emissions, given that the ferries would become obsolete. I've said before that the Island Airport is not a monster.

Mayor Miller didn't waste time making his opinion known - "It's amazing how it keeps coming back." Proposals for a bridge or tunnel to the island go back to the 1930s. Well, Mayor Miller, maybe it keeps coming back because the alternative, running a ferry back and forth on an endless 150-foot route, is a goddamn stupid idea.

Nevertheless, the ferry did give me the opportunity for this shot of the Toronto skyline after I'd returned from Montreal earlier this month. So long as the presence of a tunnel enables returnees to take photographs like this, I won't have a problem with it at all.

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