Thursday, May 28, 2015

Worth Reading - May 28, 2015

Post-apocalyptic fiction is probably my favourite sub-genre of science fiction. In Slate Joe Mathews writes about how the genre is repetitive and doesn't speak to current issues. I think he has a point, but the issues he highlights lends itself more to the dystopian than post-apocalyptic fiction.

The future of the Gardiner Expressway in Toronto is a contentious issue. The Globe and Mail has a piece advocating for its destruction, in line with what other cities have done with similar freeways. 

Likewise, this Gizmodo article shows examples from other cities of inner-city freeways that got taken down. It features a park in Seoul that I visited!

Andrew Coyne slams the first-past-the-post system ala the UK election. 

Steve Paikin asks whatever happened to classiness in Ontario politics. The source of his frustration seems to be everyone having to be on message all the time. I can sympathize with that.

If the debate changes Susan Delacourt has some suggestions for how journalists can cover the election

Still on the federal debates CBC looks at how the parties are gaming the negotiations

Let's mock Nimbyism. Classist, wealthy Midtown Torontonians don't want to see the expansion of multi-story buildings because it'll bring in the underclass, i.e. those who can buy $500000 units. 

From Strong Towns, Rachel Quednau writes about lessons she absorbed while living in New York that can be applied to communities of all sizes for a healthier city fabric

You may be shocked to learn of how vulnerable condo-owners and renters are to abuse or neglect. The Ontario government announced plans to reform laws around them. 

Finally, from Maclean's the Reform Act continues to struggle in the Senate against opponents with weak math skills

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