Originally Posted by SlickFranky
What a bizarre statement....I guess transit riders don't count as people, or at least not as customers.
I will give Farhi one thing on this - The area around Dundas and Richmond where many of the buses stop is infested with welfare bums yelling at each other including with profanities (often in front of their kids in strollers), and that makes the area less desirable. Several times a week I walk through there in order to get my bus home from work, but I get really tired of listening to many of the other transit riders yelling at each other, seeing drug deals, and getting into fights. And it's often the same people, waiting for the same buses. I once called the police on my cell phone when I saw someone pummel another person into a phone booth outside McDonalds - which is in one of the buildings Farhi now owns.
I don't have much money at all, and my family has very little as well. I know what it's like not to have much money. But that is not an excuse for the behaviour that goes on around Dundas and Richmond. Something has to be done about some of the people downtown waiting for buses. If it takes moving the buses off Dundas Street, then I'm for it.
I believe a vibrant downtown is important to the city. It doesn't need to be affluent (I do have a problem with the other extreme of people marching around with their noses in the air), but it needs to have at least some class.