2008-10-17

When in doubt, rearrange the deck chairs

Thank Dog! One election's done with. We can get closer to what passes for normal around here. And what should we do first? Support His Nibs, I think. Ooh, but where to start? So much density, so little gravitas.

Our esteemed mayor this week - the week that the city fired a mittful of its top managers in the name of economy in hard times - announced he wanted to hire a private company to rationalize Ottawa's street furniture. With loadsa advertising plastered on it. Because the current stuff just looks so darn ugly. He was obviously stepping from strength to strength, building on the success of last week's Ottawa Life Magazine hagiography ummm, profile. The one that said that city administration under Ottawa's former mayor, Bob Chiarelli, was 'marred by scandal'.

Now that's spin...!

Naturally, bein' a sensitive aesthete myself, I heartily approve of the impulse behind this pronouncement. (I'm pretty sure it was impulsive.) I mean, we don't have anything else to deal with, do we? The economy's in great shape, our mayor hasn't been convicted of anything, and those nice new CFL franchise owners want to take that ugly, unpopular, useless Lansdowne Park off of the city's hands and turn it into something the city can really be proud of. For a small consideration from the city. Ka-chiinnngggg!

Obviously we need, very badly, to talk about street furniture. Right now. Yup. And since the Irregulars are well acquainted with one or two pieces of anthropomorphized furniture, we herewith offer our expertise in aid of this important issue. For a small consideration from the city. Ka-chiinnngggg!

5 comments:

xup said...

I loved the quote where Mayor O said, “One of the first things I thought of when I first took office was to do something about that hideous street furniture.” I wasn’t in Ottawa at the time, but was this the platform he was running on?

coyote said...

I believe it was actually something along the lines of zero tax increases, "...and zero means zero!"

The oldest, most uninspired political lie in the book. We all know how it worked out...

Woodsy said...

Maybe he just wants to spruce things up for those who live on the streets...

Anonymous said...

Nah... Larry thinks of the homeless as little better than pigeons. Of course this could be an amends of sorts for those remarks?

Woodsy said...

Anonymous... Yes, you are right... I was being facetious.