Here's another open thread to start the minds of the great designers on core..
Currently (or as of this weekend), the G20 Will be held here in Toronto and lately has been in the news as of the great disruption and cost of security for the event (est. $20B). To me, (and others for sure) this seems crazy..
The entire downtown core will be shut down, residents in the security perimeter require passes, saplings are being uprooted to prevent protestors from using them as weapons (WTF?), and pretty much the whole city is on lockdown. Doesn't make much sense...
Looking at post G20s (London, Pittsburgh, etc.) it's pretty much guaranteed some crazy people will riot and burn stuff..
The high cost of security seems like and issue of poor planning and design from the top down.
Some alternate ideas I've come up with -
1. have the G20 on an already secure place such as a army base.
2. have the G20 on a remote place like some random island in the middle of nowhere.
3. have the G20 on a an aircraft carrier in some random remote location. no better deterrent to protesters than 50 fighter jets and anti aircraft guns
4. have the G20 at anyplace and don't tell people when or where. Have the media Q&A via video conference. Problem solved.
Sure, people have the right to protest whatever they like, but riots and military policing in a good city is just crazy. Half the people there just want to bust something.
Any other good "design" solutions to the issue?