TRY SOMETHING ORIGINAL, PEOPLE
Maybe I'm a little cranky (okay, definitely cranky), but haven't we had enough of this silliness?
Chicago a few years back had the clever idea of putting decorated cows around the city streets. It went over like warm syrup on a freshly cooked pancake, and pretty soon other cities started doing it. Toronto, of course, went all goofy and put moose all over the city. Some folks liked it but I thought it was utterly inane.
Why would anyone do this? Why not come up with something new? Nobody asked me, but I say it's copycat (copycow?) tourism at its worst.
The reason I get into this rant at this particular point is that I read the other day that Vancouver might be preparing to spread eagles around the city, while San Francisco, which we thought/hoped was above this sort of thing, is putting up a bunch of hearts (as in, I Left My Heart in San Francisco).
Actually, as silly as this has become, it's not as bad as cities copying the Hollywood Walk of Fame the way they have. Toronto, of course, had to follow suit on that and now you can walk along King Street and see Canadian actors and entertainment types names on the sidewalk. Sigh.
Find something original, folks.
MIAMI ON THE MOVE
Miami tourism folks held a get-together Thursday night at a place called One-up, which is one of those event places. This one is on Dundas between Bay and University, which could use some serious fixing up but does have some good and cheap ethnic restaurants, including Evergreen Thai - a personal fave.
Anyway, the tourism people were saying how the dark, low-ceiling Miami airport is being given a huge makeover (think Joan Rivers in magnitude). They also point out a lot of new hotels are in the works; a new W in Miami Beach, a Mondrian and a Canyon Ranch in Miami Beach and several spots downtown, including an Epic hotel, a J.W. Marriott Marquis and the city's first Kimpton hotel. Sounds pretty impressive.
ULTIMATE TRAVEL SHOW STARTS TODAY
The Ultimate Travel Show, sponsored by the Star, begins today (Friday, March 27) at 4 p.m. at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on Front Street West. Yours truly will post a news item on the show tomorrow (Saturday). Just in case you want a sneak peek.