More travel pieces, skewered
Another Australian writer came here in the summer to cover the city in 24 hours. It’s pretty much the standard stuff, although I do wish the tourism folks wouldn’t flog Schwartz’s (on “Boulevard Saint Lauren”) as being “in the Jewish district” because, as noted earlier, that area hasn’t been a particularly Jewish neighbourhood in decades.
Also, the handout photo of Maisonneuve in Place d’Armes – he’s been off his plinth for more than a year now.
Another piece in a Milwaukee paper checks out Bixi and prints one of those terribly misleading, well-meaning errors: “It costs $5 to keep a bike for 24 hours.” No, it does not. It costs $5 to have access to the Bixi system for 24 hours, but if you kept the same bike the whole time, you’d be charged $279.50!
Meanwhile, Now, in Toronto, is very worried about helmets not being handed out with Bixi bikes. Would you wear a random helmet a dozen other people had worn that day? No, and neither would I.