June 26, 2008
Looks like there's some stupidity brewing up in the Great White North. Thankfully, at least it doesn't have anything to do with banning excerpts from Mark Steyn's books this time:
Calgary should consider banning new drive-thrus, two aldermen say -- a suggestion that received a chilly reception from some drivers Wednesday.
In a city trying to put pedestrians first and cars last, blocking new drive-thrus from being built makes sense, said Ald. Brian Pincott.
"We've got to start designing and building our city for people and drive-thrus are not about people, they're about cars," he said.
Uh, yeah. And the last time I checked, those of us who don't live in Pixar movies understand the fact that people drive those cars. Dumbass.Of course, anybody with more than a couple of firing neurons can see where this is all coming from:
Ald. Druh Farrell backed the idea.
"We're making huge strides away from our auto focus," she said. "I think we need to look at all sorts of means to reduce our carbon footprint, and this is one of them."
Someone should come up with a drinking game for this sort of thing where whenever someone mentions a "carbon footprint," you chug a bottle of something and then throw that bottle at their head.
Both aldermen said banning new drive-thrus would drop carbon emissions from idling cars that wait in line, while Pincott said it would improve communities by making people talk face-to-face instead of through a speaker.
Right. Because we've all had such deep, life-changing experiences when we walk into a burger joint and talk face-to-face with the person behind the counter. My "Why, I think I will have fries with that" epiphany of 1999 was a real turning point in my life.
If you read the whole thing, you'll find a number of people quoted who don't think this is a good idea, including one who has a rather salient point about people not really wanting to, uh, walk around outside in Calgary nine or so months out of the year, for some reason.
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