So how do we integrate the blustery politics and crazed gyrations of the Rob Ford era with lived reality and genuine human aspiration on the ground in Toronto? The amalgamated mega-city of Toronto is, we know, home to suburban poverty. Has the nation’s largest city become a suburban project with an urban core turned politically into a fringe element? What is the role of income in determining who supports Ford? Was Ford’s ascent to power really boosted by a suburban politics of resentment that will never reconcile with the non-suburban other? If this is true does it reflect what the people want and what are the chances for a more progressive future politically and economically with a little less of the unhappiness this bipolarity seems to guarantee. It’s looking messy and interesting and messy so if suburban-poverty.com’s readers are getting frustrated and turned off, well, we don’t blame you one bit. A possible filter for some of the bullshit exists online in academic Zack Taylor’s efforts to match voting patterns and income in the 2010 election won by Ford on his simplified neoconservative platform of stopping the abusive, out of control gravy train he alleged Toronto had become. Make a coffee and sit down to Metapolis.
image: Roman coin depicting a citizen voting – via Wikimedia Commons