This City is Haunted

It took me by surprise one morning, several months ago, looming four stories above the corner of Park and Bernard. An old advertisement, painted on the brick wall of an apartment building, had seemingly appeared overnight. The faint outline of words – a company name and an advertising slogan – were there, albeit barely legible. […]

Passing Time in London

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Urban Shadow

De l’aube au crépuscule, from dawn to dusk, we do not often notice how the sun plays on surfaces and enters buildings. Of course, when it is too hot, we close the blinds to keep it out. We also enjoy that vitamin D break on a winter’s day when our faces absorb the week rays […]

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Around the Block

Literally. I’ve moved. Finally settled at last and now have a 3051 postcode — North Melbourne. Not only have a I moved but have also secured full time employment — I’m finally feeling like I’ve arrived home and I wish for the past ten weeks of limbo to become a faint memory ASAP. Anyhow, North […]

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Berliner U-Bahn

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Learning To Love An Elevated Expressway

Westway, London: Could this be the Gardiner’s future? Toronto is going through a municipal election right now and the Spacing Votes blog is doing an admirable job of covering it. One of the issues is the Gardiner Expressway, a much-maligned elevated highway that runs along the Toronto waterfront whose fate has been in question for […]

The Battle for Park Continues

Last Saturday, on a chilly, overcast afternoon, I found myself at the foot of the Sir George Étienne Cartier monument on Mount Royal with about two hundred other people. We were there to protest Mayor Gérald Tremblay’s plan to rename Montreal’s Park Avenue after former Quebec premier Robert Bourassa, a plan that was hatched in […]

The Art of Francisco Garcia

Mile Enders are used to street art, so it takes something special to catch their collective eye. Lately, people have been noticing the work of Francisco Garcia, a thirtysomething artists whose painted black-and-white posters have appeared above storefronts and on alley walls all around the Montreal neighbourhood. In an article published last year, Reading Montreal […]

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Welcome to Schwartz’s

I was having coffee with a French immigrant recently and the conversation swung towards Schwartz’s. He recalled seeing a group of kids, on a class trip from somewhere else in Canada, lining up to eat there. “When I went on school trips in France it was always about going to castles or battlefields, ‘Napoleon did […]

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Slated for Demolition: A Block In Griffintown

As part of the École de Technologie Supérieur’s planned Phase III expansion, the college acquired several underused or empty lots in the quadrangle between Notre-Dame, Peel, Mountain and Ottawa streets. Just recently, demolition notices appeared on two buildings on the south side of Notre-Dame; there’d been an UQAM-logoed sign advising people not to park on […]

Everyday London

Notting Hill Gate Trafalgar Square

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Façadectomy in the Making

The sad story of Église Saint-Vincent-de-Paul in Quebec City reaches new levels of mediocrity with every passing year.

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The Arrogance of Mayor Tremblay

The controversy over the decision to rename Montreal’s Park Avenue after Robert Bourassa (see Wednesday’s “Robert Bourassa Is Stealing My Street”) continues to mushroom. Yesterday, the Gazette devoted three pages to the news, all of it highly critical of the renaming. It followed this morning with two more pages of angry letters and commentary. La […]

Posted in: Politics, Society and Culture by Christopher DeWolf 16 Comments

Revolutionary to Some, A Tool Shed to Others

In Kansas City, Missouri hath dwelt a project that portends a riotous, semi-calamitous melieu of consternation for the benefactors, the commoners, and even the neer-do-wells. Here is the Nelson Atkins Museum of Fine Art in its known form: Then, one day, the powers that be decided there simply wasn’t enough room for all of the […]