On the Road Again

September 28, 2014 at 10:32 pm (Uncategorized)

A different job now means I’m driving further each day. Last year my place of employment was a mere eight minutes from my house, but now it’s 25 minutes of highway driving each way. Not terrible though. I drive against traffic and the length of the trip means I get to listen to CBC’s Metro Morning or the entirety of “Sister Ray.” 🙂

But other people’s commute isn’t so pleasant. Toronto, it seems, has one of the longest average commutes in North America (looking at the highways in LA or Washington I find that hard to believe, but I’m sure someone has figured this out).  Still, it is a problem. So much so that traffic and transit, leaving aside the Ford Brothers Circus, is the number one issue in this year’s municipal election.

As fate would have it, I was thumbing through the Ken Knabb’s revised Situationist International Anthology and came across the Situationist “Theses on Traffic.”

Two in particular jumped out:


Commuting time, as Le Corbusier rightly noted, is a surplus labor which correspondingly reduces the amount of “free” time.


We must replace travel as an adjunct to work with travel as a pleasure.

Read the entire article here


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