The Hills of Lisbon

View from the Santa Justa elevator Stumbling down the Calçada do Sacramento Dinertime in the Calçada do Duque

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The City of a Thousand Leaves

Running across the boulevard Saint-Germain, through the Carrefour de l’Odéon, we dashed into the box office and bought our tickets, ducking into the darkened cinema just as the opening credits finished. We sat down in the back row, interrupting a clearly annoyed couple’s face-sucking session, and watched as the first short began: “Montmartre.” Paris, je […]

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What Language Does Your City Speak?

That a metropolis is multilingual is often taken as a given, but multilingualism takes many forms. Usually, multilingualism comes from recent immigration, as first- and second-generation immigrants continue to speak their ancestral tongue. In that regard, such multilingualism may be seen as a challenge to the existing norm. In Los Angeles’ San Gabriel Valley, just […]

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Laneway Poetry

Yesterday, while wandering around the neighbourhood, I came across a long poem pasted onto the walls of an alley, off Waverly Street between Fairmount and Groll. It was preceded by a brief introduction: “The Public Zine: This project comes in response to the inundation of public space with corporate messages. We are reclaiming these spaces […]

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Ho Ho Holiday Tackiness

This year, December in Montreal has been distinctly green, with few flakes to be seen, especially not on the twenty-fifth day of the month. It wasn’t much of a surprise, then, when I came across a snowman who was absolutely devastated by the lack of snow. Montrealers have a particular fondness for tacky Christmas decorations: […]

Get on the Bus!

“Ain’t no streetcar, ain’t no subway car, it’s the Spadina bus!” It occurred to me the other day that when I made my first City Music post last month, I never bothered to define what I hoped to achieve with the series. So here goes: “City music” is pop music with a distinct sense of […]

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Getting to Know the Plex

There’s a type of urban housing that is more versatile than rowhouses, more human-scaled than apartment buildings and far denser than single-family homes. It’s called the plex—but unless you’ve lived in a select few cities, you’ve probably never heard of it.

La ville glacée

On December 1st, I awoke as the blue fingers of dawn took hold of the eastern sky. Unable to return to sleep, I went to the kitchen and made myself a coffee. With bleary eyes, I watched the back alley as the night’s darkness faded into a mute grey. A few snowflakes began tumbling down […]

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I Hate Winnipeg

When John K. Samson, lead singer of the Weakerthans, croons “I hate Winnipeg” in his song “One Great City!”, he’s merely excavating the civic self-loathing that seems buried beneath the skin of every lifelong Winnipegger. Beset by a sluggish economy, high crime, mortally cold winters and muggy, mosquito-ridden summers, not to mention complete and utter […]

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Winter Solstice 2006

That time of year when the sun is lowest on the horizon and we wonder if spring will ever come again. December 21st, the winter solstice is anchored in the very connection of our planet to the heavens. Low sun, long shadows, and short days. Bundled up, we walk on a dormant land.

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How Should a City Grow?

Making way for urban renewal in Boston, early 1950s The antithesis of the Jane Jacobs-esque ideal of small, incremental, organic urban economic and development growth — the planned, micromanaged mega projects — now seem to be required in order to stimulate urban development. “Cities are once again planning with grandiosity,” declared the New York Times […]

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Oh, Just Horsing Around

Bakery in the Marais. Photo by Christopher DeWolf It’s practically a law of the Earth: the corner bakery will have croissants. The tides will roll in and out, the seasons will change, and the corner bakery will have croissants. And so it was that on a particular Sunday, my corner bakery did not, actually, have […]

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City of God

Holiday spectacle, Herald Square, New York Moshiach is Coming Now!, Midtown Manhattan Hell is for Fools!, Times Square subway station

Roadsworth Vindicated — And Other Interesting Ideas From 2006

Roadsworth’s stencil art in 2004 This week I was flipping through the New York Times Magazine‘s annual “Year in Ideas” issue when I came across a particular innovation that reminded me of something else. It seems that the tweedy good folks of Cambridge, Massachusetts have decided to tackle the problem of speeding cars, not by […]