Old Buildings, New Cars, and Spunk Rock

I dig downtown Saskatoon, but can you spot what’s wrong with this picture?  Nice trees, cobbled paver sidewalks, and neat old buildings.  What’s not to love?  The traffic lights are a bit of a modern eyesore, but I assure you, they’re very necessary.  The modern, plastic cars, however, are not necessary.  Look at the picture again, but this time picture the streets littered in pre-1970 American iron.  Looks better, doesn’t it?  Heck, go pre-1960 and it’s even cooler!

Jeremy Clarkson did this very thing on Top Gear.  He went into a historic neighbourhood somewhere in England, and replaced every car in every driveway with a vintage Jaguar.  His argument was that if homeowners weren’t allowed to buy vinyl siding, artificial stone, or plastic windows, why should they be allowed to defile their driveways with something as grotesque as a modern automobile?  After this picture was taken, I headed to O’Shea’s Irish Pub for one of the best veggie burgers in town, then to Amigo’s Cantina for the sweet sounds of Savage Henry and the Infamous One Pounders.  FYI, I was driving a 2005 Chrysler at the time, being part of the problem.  Fucking winter…

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