Today’s Citizen has a story on development charges. The headline, picture, and first part of the story emphasizes how much of the development charges will pay for transit.
Buried deeper in the story, and not all that easy to spot, is this bit:
Do you notice that the headline doesn’t read “rampant road construction boosts housing costs?” There is no picture of Terry Fox extension or other intersections growing like tumours on the urban body.
Why does the Citizen emphasize transit costs but not road costs? Why is transit responsible for unaffordable housing but low density sprawl isn’t? Is it just a cheap pandering to controversy, to conflict, a hook to get the reader, by driving wedges and promoting grievances between different parts of the population?
Because it sure doesn’t put education and enlightenment first.