Words from suburban poverty…

“Jay” from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada writes us…

Love the site, Stephen. Love that Stalinist apartment pic on the head banner of the site.
I know all about suburban poverty. I work downtown. The people I work with live out in the far suburbs. We’re talking a 30 km commute each way by looser cruiser. The pay is shit and the bus fair is $10 round-trip. Less if you get a monthly. Most of the people I work with are immigrants, some educated some not. Most of these immigrants are married with kids. Most of these immigrants work two shit paying jobs to afford their kids. They rent two-bedroom basement suites way way in the suburbs. It takes them 3hrs+ per day to commute. When do they sleep? On the bus of course.

On the bus all you see are teens, old people and immigrants. No middle aged white people. It’s a total class system. The only white middle aged guy on the bus is me and the bus driver. And then there’s the fair Nazis. They even carry guns FFS. The fine for no proof of purchase is more than a speeding ticket (and if you’re speeding you’re putting people’s lives in mortal danger – WTF!). Where’s the logic in that? Ans: car drivers are voters and the biggest constituency. Transit users are the loosers of society. They don’t vote, they’re the minority by numbers, and they’re not usually as well educated. Yet these people are saving society/taxpayers huge amounts of money by taking transit. But society just treats them with contempt.

Rant Over.

”¬PAMSA¬” from Brampton, Ontario, Canada writes…

Born and bred Brampton this isn’t the city I grew up in anymore.  Is there suburban poverty here?  Yes, you better believe it.  I actually have a decent job and am lucky in so very many ways but at the end of the month I don’t have a lot left over.  My sons are young men but I fear sometimes they’ll never move out – how can they afford their own homes or apartments when basic wages are so low?  Young people don’t seem that interested in working their butts off, so to speak, the way my generation was prepared to.  The incentives are different.  Everything is different.

… And don’t get me started on the roads, the crazy car accidents we have here, or the LRT.