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.”

1 comment:

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.