Saskatoon definitely lags behind other cities in technology. Our traffic lights aren’t even synchronized (well unless you use the most and simplistic version of synchronization). Can you imagine a Saskatoon that automatically adapts to water main breaks, road construction, or works to clear traffic jams. It would be amazing.
I am not sure why I watched Rob and Doug Ford’s YouTube TV show but you know what it reminds me of? Low budget corrupt TV evangelists. The bad graphics, poor fitting suits,slicked back hair, and mocking the media and the evil world. Even if the evil world isn’t so much conspiring against them as it is just laughing at them.
From what I have read, the Ford’s don’t have a campaign staff, a strategy or really a plan other than mocking and berating other candidates. Should be a fun campaign to watch.
Here is a 1961 video of Chicago called “City of Necessity” that is worth watching.
I know most people don’t watch longer videos online, but despite the 22 minute length, this one is a must for the serious urbanist. Among other things, it fills in part of the historical gap that exists in a lot of people (often including myself) about how our cities actually evolved to where they are today. This film was produced by local religious institutions in order to showcase the benefits of city living, while calling for a more fair and inclusive urban sphere. It’s shot in Chicago but is really about cities generally.