Steve Nash’s snub means Toronto is floundering, according to the Star’s Christopher Hume

Steve Nash’s snub means Toronto is floundering, according to the Star’s Christopher Hume

Listen, Toronto. It’s not you, it’s me (Image: Keith Allison) 

We have a fondness for the musings and grumblings of Toronto Star architecture critic Christopher Hume, but his latest column makes some NBA-sized jumps in logic. Riffing on the fact that Canadian basketball superstar Steve Nash turned down an offer to play for the Toronto Raptors, Hume launches into the usual “our teams don’t win” lament—and then uses the incident as an example of how Toronto has lost its charm. The city has poor planning, lame transit and a brain drain at city hall, Hume writes, and it’s all because Toronto won’t pay for nicer things (or better athletes) and has settled for mediocrity. We’d say Hume’s going a bit far—the Raptors’ ability to attract superstar players shouldn’t be the canary in the mine for the status of the city. [Toronto Star]