More evidence that Gardiner Expressway should be torn down
The latest news about the Gardiner Expressway - which is crumbling and will soon be unsafe to drive on, if it isn't already – should be the final nail in its coffin.
We learned this week that $40 million in repairs budgeted for back to 2008 have not been done, and that an environmental assessment into a $505 million project to rebuild three kilometres of the Gardiner was curiously halted two years ago.
City councillors on the left and right were pointing fingers at each other, with the right focused on dat' ‘ol debbil, former mayor David Miller, who they blame for the Gardiner and everything else.
Miller is the reason why the Leafs and Raptors are such bums, and for the disappearance of Maalox from drug stores, but those are beefs for another day.
The bottom line on the Gardiner is the bottom line: The investment needed to rebuild it in a way that it would be a viable for another 40 years or so would easily surpass $1 billion, and work would need to start as soon as possible.
Where are we going to get the money?
Hey, I know: Let’s ask Paul Godfrey and Rod Phillips (and their, um, uh, patron, Sheldon Adelson) for a new casino!
The Ford Bros. say a casino will pay for subways, clear up the municipal debt and save municipal programs that are on the chopping block.
Hell, at that price, let's double down and go for two.
If it’s all that, and a bag of chips, surely there would be an extra billion under the cushions of the couch that we could dig out to build the Gardiner.
Since most of us (except the casino flavored Kool-Aid drinkers) know that’s a load, we’re back to where to get the dough.
It ain’t comin’ kids. So let’s cut our losses, tear it down, and go with that great big boulevard plan that was dreamed up a few years back for Lake Shore Blvd.
It’ll be better and cheaper.