Today’s #100HappyDays was a bit of a guilty one, with my amusement at the bewildered and disgruntled Torontonians riding the subway this morning, disgusted at a change to the names of our lines that made us seem “a little too much like New York”.
News flash, friends—we’ve been aping New York City’s style for years, and this is just another example. We’re not as cool as New York in the world’s eye—we’re the most multicultural, but people know very little about us. Well, except for that Drake guy. We don’t control the media the way NYC does. We don’t have a 9/11 or anything that inspires a sense of intense unity among our peoples. We’re just us — and that’s okay.
Don’t see this as us trying to mimic anyone else—the TTC’s going for the opposite: making it easier to figure out which line you need to ride if you’re not familiar with Toronto’s transit system (as basic as it is).
I think Torontonians need to get off of their elitist high horses and embrace change. Because it’s going to happen. And until we do, I’ll be the guy gleefully listening to your complaining about something that affects your life in the most miniscule way possible.
All about that Schadenfreude, I guess!
#100HappyDays Day 21/100, c’est tout!