Thursday, December 16, 2010

A group of activists take the "Save Transit City" campaign to the suburbs, one door at a time

After Mayor Rob Ford announced Transit City was “over,” a group of activists trying to save the transit plan took to the streets of the central city, at Yonge and Eglinton. A week later, on Dec. 11, the campaign moved to Malvern, an area that would directly benefit from the plan to be axed, and an area that voted for Ford. (Mayor Ford’s proposed subway expansion that would replace Transit City, meanwhile, would leave the Malvern transit situation roughly where it is now, which is the middle of nowhere.) Sixteen volunteers—people who grew up in Malvern, transit advocates from across the city and candidates from the last election—set off in pairs that day, determined to bring the conversation to the people’s doorsteps. We tagged along with two of them to see how the debate is playing out in the inner suburbs....

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