July 23rd, 2007

Green City: Montreal in the Summer

Posted in Canada, Environment by Mary Soderstrom

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On the left, a good way to start a summer day
On the right, the Mile End community garden sits next to old factories

You can get hungry for green in Montreal in the winter, but in the summer the city abounds in greenery. Walking around this city got me started thinking a few years ago about the way individuals go out of their way to create green surroundings, and ultimately led to my book Green City: People, Nature and Urban Places (Véhicule Press, 2006). Montreal isn’t featured — the eleven cities I talk about range from Babylon through Chicago to São Paulo and back to Babylon — but a walk this week through my neighborhood showed me that the drive for green is still there.

Sidewalk cafes are surrounded by greenery

The Croissanterie, corner of Hutchison and Fairmount: Sidewalk cafes are surrounded by greenery

Two steps from a busy intersection, someone has slung a hammack in a green cave

Two steps from a busy intersection, someone has slung a hammock in a green cave


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4 comments

  1. Christopher DeWolf says:

    I love the way that Montreal become so jungly in the summer. This is especially true of Mile End, the Plateau and the McGill Ghetto: although these are some of the most densely-populated neighbourhoods in the city, they become almost impossibly verdant by mid-July.

    July 25th, 2007 at 4:41 am

  2. Mary Soderstrom says:

    People who like city greenery may find the following center city garden tour interesting:

    Walking tour in English: Mile End’s gardens
    Aldo Marchini, gardener, with collaborators

    Mile End Memories invites you to an eco-walk of the neighbourhood’s gardens. We will visit some of Mile End’s living heritage: its varied gardens. We will see gardens on balconies, in front and back yards, gardens that help make business a pleasure, gardens from different ethnic traditions, sunny and shady gardens. We will meet some local gardeners in their green spaces.

    Date and time: Saturday 4 August 2007 (in English), 2:00-4:30 p.m. (rain or shine)

    Departure: Church of Saint-Enfant-Jésus, 5039 Saint-Dominique Street (between Saint-Joseph Boulevard and Laurier Avenue, métro Laurier, buses 51, 55)

    Cost: $10 / person

    Reservations (required, limited number of participants): 514-495-2548, between 30 July and 3 August only

    Mile End Memories is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the heritage, history and culture of the Mile End neighbourhood.

    July 26th, 2007 at 11:50 am

  3. Christopher DeWolf says:

    I was just about to post that! Thanks, Mary.

    July 26th, 2007 at 3:20 pm

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