– Canada Line a good start; now let’s fix everything else

Vancouver Sun

By Miro Cernetig

I love the smell of new infrastructure in the morning — the fresh paint, new plastic, polished steel. It’s like Canada a generation or so ago, when our cities were bright and shiny and there was hardly ever gum on your bus seat.

We were transported back to that era Monday, with the opening of the new $2-billion Canada Line, connecting downtown Vancouver to the international airport and Richmond. There were even free rides for all to try out our new spick-and-span subway.

It evokes the time Canada was on a public spending splurge — building bridges, blacktopping highways and tunnelling beneath city streets with abandon. Back then our cities were the envy of the world.

Not so much anymore.

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