Planning doesn't require messiness, but adequately consulting citizens is critical to buy in from the public (I am not construing pandering to NIMBY's as consulting). There must be good faith attempts to address concerns, but Metrolinx/the Ontario government has shown to be using consultation as a cover for ways to ram decisions through. I am not saying I know what a reasonable tradeoff between expediency and consultation is, but MZO's are definitely not it.I don't think its that simple. You see there are 2 schools of thought here: One suggests like you that planning should be done in a very messy and slow democratic process, meanwhile others believe that we are so behind transit, that we need to abandon this democratic bs and just get stuff done. Now tell me, to the broad voter base, what is more appealing? The idea of slowly planning out transit projects that come out at a leaky pace, or announcing that you are ramming through 4 subway projects and are actually getting things done? The only people that are mad about the MZOs are A) A vocal minority of the local communities, and B) Angry Star Readers. Almost everyone else doesn't really care.