In a recent visit to Toronto, nearly everyone we met was apologizing for the garbage strike.
The first thing that struck me was that it is just a slight exaggeration to say nearly everyone was apologizing. Waiters, street vendors, even random people Phil chatted up on the street all seemed embarrassed by the state of their streets. New Yorkers would never go out of their way to apologize for anything a city worker would subject a tourist to.
The second thing that struck me is that I had no idea what the hell everyone was talking about. We finally had someone point out to us the “unsightly” state of this garbage can that obviously “needed to be taken care of”.
This is the sight that made most Torontinians horribly embarrassed by the filth in their streets. When we got back I snapped a photo of our street corner on an average day:
No wonder we missed it! Some days I’d be grateful if NYC looked like Toronto in the middle of a garbage strike!