9 December 2003
The price of accommodation
Relapsed Catholic reports (8 December) on this most vivid example of the Law of Unintended Consequences in action:
The historic Uptown movie theatre here in Toronto is being torn down. Why? Well, because one guy in a wheelchair (my friend worked for him in the government) complained that it wasn't accessible. Anyone who's ever been inside the Uptown knows that's an understatement. The Uptown couldn't afford to accomodate Mr. Busybody, so they're tearing the building down. One of the last movie theatres on Yonge Street. Thanks for nothing.
But wait, there's more: just now a whole section of the under-demolition building collapsed. One report says four children are trapped in the rubble.
Of course, persons in wheelchairs are de facto saints, and their actions are not subject to criticism by those of us who can (more or less) walk. That said, I think it's a safe bet that Mr. Busybody is utterly indifferent to the plight of the victims of the collapse.
(Muchas gracias: Christopher Johnson.)