Thursday, September 21, 2006

Toronto the Good needs to let me be "bad"

On the way to work today, I heard that the TTC is thinking of running the subways in this town 24 hours. Although there are some very good arguments hesitant about this and it largely seems that the infrastructure doesn't exist, I'm happy that it is at least being considered. I find it encouraging that Toronto is shedding some of its provincialism and archaic concepts about time. The Mel Lastmans of the world may think that a tacky tourist trap may prove our "world-class" stature, but in my humble view, a world-class city is one that is confident and mature. Having Papa Puritan enforce a nap-time for millions of adults is just very... 1950. Here I'm referring especially to the 2am last call. This condescending cut-off is exposed as provincial when one considers that certain bars are allowed to stay open until 4am during the film festival, so the celebrity hordes can be fooled into believing we're glamorous party-girls. And having to trek around town before the ungodly hour of 10pm for a bottle of wine is just sadistic. When it's easier to buy a gram of coke than it is to buy a bottle of wine, something seems wrong to me.

4 Comments:

At 11:11 PM, Blogger MattInTO said...

I don't disagree. I'd like nothing more than to stumble onto a train in the middle of the night instead of pretending to be sober enough to grab a cab. If a way could be found so that the system doesn't degrade into a total cesspool, I'm all for it. I just worry it'll end up a pig sty.

 
At 12:57 AM, Blogger Genet said...

Thanks, mattinto. Your insights about the NYC subway running 24/7 were revelatory... I don't think Torontonians could imagine a subway rampant with grossness and unhealthy smells. In some ways, we are still naive, methinks.

 
At 1:48 AM, Anonymous Niko said...

It would be incredibly cool (and grown up) for Toronto to adopt a 24 hr sunway. I could see using it myself...now how do we get the bars to stay open later...hmmmm

BTW, one more week till I'm there :-)

 
At 1:10 PM, Blogger PDD said...

I heard about the 24 hour TTC subways also. I hope it comes into effect immediately. If the GO train can follow suit than I will be one happy glam party girl.

I really like how you ended this post. Of course, I emailed it to my boss and a co-worker. My boss thinks your brill and always looks forward to the musings of Genet submissions. I hope you don't mind.

I like how you say "a world-class city is one that is confident and mature". Yes, I agree and the only nap-time that should exist for a confident and mature city are that of the Siesta variety.

We have a looooong way to go.

 

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