On Monday, while Toronto city council spent an entire day debating whether or not to add bike lanes to a single street in that city, the largest metropolis on the continent officially closed major portions of Broadway to vehicle traffic.
Free performances were put on, plenty of tables and chairs were made available for people to relax and enjoy Times Square, and the world didn't come to an end.
Toronto is far from a world class city, and is several decades behind the true world leaders such as New York.
Here in Hamilton, we're taking years to slowly get ourselves ready to close a measly two-blocks of King on the south side of the Gore that most people don't even know is available to vehicles. And even at that, it's only going to be a 'trial-period'.
Lead or lag.
Kudos to the mayor and city leadership in New York City who are choosing to lead in many different ways in an effort to make that city more livable, vibrant and enjoyable than it already is.
I'm sure they'll gladly take Hess Village off our hands if we ever decide to chain it shut and board it up.
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