Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Springfield, Ontario

Toronto's Mayor Rob Ford has a brother, Doug Ford, who is described as an "idea man" by the National Post. Here are his ideas:
a monorail connecting Union Station to the shore, a 1.6-million square foot shopping mecca, soccer pitches and ice pads in a slumbering power station, and a Ferris wheel at the foot of the pier.
This is all fine and dandy, but when I hear "idea man," "ferris wheel," and "monorail," I can only think of Lyle Lanley: The monorail is small beans compared with his idea to build a football stadium in the middle of Lake Ontario. In the Toronto Star Eric Miller of the University of Toronto gives some perspective:
When it comes to Ford’s waterfront plan, however, Miller says, “The monorail is the least stupid part of this whole project.”


David said...

"The monorail from Vancouver’s Expo ’86 was packed up and re-assembled in 1987 at the Alton Towers theme park in England where it was launched by former Star Trek actor William Shatner."

Which I did not know, and makes even more accurate the portrait of Lyle Lanley, who had Nimoy at the Monorail opening in Springfield.

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