A lesson learned from the Bloor Street Viaduct
It was a privilege to be part of the Toronto Star meeting with the Steering Committee of the 2020 Group. “What do we want this city, this province, to look like in the 2020?” they ask. I travel to the meeting via our much-maligned subway. I travel over the Don Valley on the Bloor Street Viaduct, built in the second decade of the 20th century.
However, the subway wasn’t built for another 50 years. Back in 1913, at great cost and with great foresight, the leaders and the people of the time prepared for the future.
The 2020 Group is a collection of labour, business, government, and community members that have started talking to each other. I personally don’t know if anything will come of the discussions, but of one thing I am sure: we need a long-term approach to leadership.
Good things happen if we courageously envision the future we want, and THEN, and only then, work to actualize it. What kind of health care do we want? Education? What’s the next wave of jobs for which we should be preparing? What initiatives for community organizations do we support?
A century after the Bloor Street Viaduct was built, our time is now to show courageous leadership. I commend the 2020 Group and wish them well. They want to hear from us about what kind of city and province we want in ten years time ... let’s help them out!