A few months back, Toronto’s deputy mayor started a political flap stating on the floor of city council that downtown was no place to raise kids. “Where’s little Ginny? Well, she’s downstairs playing in the traffic on her way to the park,” he said.
Flap, indeed. Urbanists and parents alike were quick to denounce the comment, including me. In a way though, we might thank the deputy mayor for saying candidly what unfortunately many politicians, and many parents, still think.