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City Government Takes Final Step to Replace Man’s Stairs

by Josh Guckert

On Thursday, The Libertarian Republic profiled the ingenuity of one man who had had enough of waiting for the government to act. Retired mechanic Adi Astl of Toronto constructed some stairs near a community garden. He did so after a few of his neighbors had fallen and injured themselves.

The city government estimated the cost as somewhere between $65,000 and $150,000. However, Astl was able to complete them at a cost of $550. Nonetheless, city regulators taped off the project due to it not being up to code.

Now, the story has taken another turn: the city government tore down the stairs.

In response to the negative attention his project has received from the city government, Astl blamed bureaucracy.

“A bureaucrat, you can’t fault his way because he’s told to go straight. Even when I would go left, he has to be told to go straight,” Astl said. “He’s not allowed to think on his own and say ‘maybe I should go left.’ The only way to change anything is you need to change the thinking at the top.”

Toronto Mayor John Tory called Astl and thanked him for bringing the issue to the forefront of public discussion. The city plans to construct new steps at a cost of $10,000, telling Astl they should be completed by next Friday. Therefore, through his personal initiative, Astl would appear to have both expedited the completion of the project and drastically reduced its burden on taxpayers.


About The Author

Josh Guckert
Associate Editor

Josh Guckert is a 25-year-old lawyer and has been a contributor to The Libertarian Republic since January 2015. He attended the University of Pittsburgh, where he received his BA in Political Science with a History Minor in 2013 before earning his JD in 2016. During his time in law school, he served as the Editor in Chief of the Pittsburgh Tax Review and Editorial Coordinator for the JURIST legal news service. He was born and raised in the Pittsburgh area. He is a 2013 graduate of Cato University, hosted by the Cato Institute. His largest areas of interest within the liberty movement include the protection of civil liberties and economic freedom. He is the former President of the Pitt chapter of Students for Rand and a former President of the Pitt Law chapter of the Federalist Society.

  • michaelwloos

    10 K… for stairs.

  • Freddy Bezenshek

    building “code ” is big insurance useful idiots. ..under the guise of safety, YOU WILL COMPLY !! and of course our rates will have to go up as the building costs are higher.. and there might be a flood or a hurricane…

  • Sheepdog Smokey

    Just the fact that they can look at functional stairs that cost 5% of their estimate and then tear them down so they can spend 10K shows that they’re corrupt.

  • Seriously? A guy named “Stone” is the one who told Trump to legalize marijuana.

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