Toronto Van Hoax: Tribute to an urbanist?

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As I eluded to in a previous comment, I wonder IFF they are creating vicsims from whole cloth, that they model them after certain people that locals may be familiar with.

Geraldine Brady

Geraldine Brady used to pull out photographs of her great-grandson, dotingly telling visiting friends about the little boy, and rifle up newspaper clippings to show off articles about her daughter and the farm she ran.

Source: Geraldine Brady remembered as a ‘lifelong friend’ with a ‘positive attitude and smile’ | The Star

If so, this entity looks a great deal like the anti-car urbanist that came from NYC to Toronto in the 60s to give her vision of a livable city, Jane Jacobs.

Makes sense if the goal is transform this commuter route into a slow moving, downtown-like streetscape.

Jane Jacobs

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Tom Dalpra
Tom Dalpra
4 years ago

Nice idea, and it’s the type of thing that could be done and maybe I missed something, but I’m not sure if it is a tribute to Jane Jacobs. A trade-mark silver bob, yes, but no, trade-mark glasses in that key shot. Also I’d expect there to be some oblique reference in the text of the newspaper report, but I couldn’t find any.
Interesting character though.


4 years ago

For [Feanny] Xu, her visits with Brady were always a solace from stress. She’d been visiting her Toronto home more lately, she said, – yeah helping set up her new life. I touched on this media savvy [twitter, facebook..] Fanny entity previously . she who seemed to know the identity of her “dead” friend before the coroner did. 24 hours later and she’s soooo sad [to see good love go bad, perhaps, as sung by Don and Phil] I bet it wasn’t an open casket visitation, shame we missed it yesterday… Perhaps someone can pop along to the funeral… Read more »