Differences of Scale

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In Paris, you’d need the better part of a morning to walk from the narrow, stone-laden streets of the Marais to the modern glass-and-concrete monumentality of La Défense. In Montreal, it takes less than ten minutes to wander from Old Montreal to René Lévesque Boulevard. Here, as in nearly all North American cities, the intimacy of the human-scaled city is but a fleeting illusion.

This entry was written by Christopher DeWolf , posted on Saturday August 11 2007at 02:08 pm , filed under Uncategorized and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink . Post a comment below or leave a trackback: Trackback URL.

2 Responses to “Differences of Scale”

  • Donal Hanley says:

    I think fleeting illusion is a good phrase but a bit harsh here – old Montreal is as big as Dublin’s Temple Bar or many other old quarters and is still more human in scale than many North American downtowns with the exception of some areas aroun Rene-Levesque. I’m going to Toronto for the first time in September and looking forward to seeing how it compares.

  • Donal Hanley says:

    A fleeting illusion…to be pursued but never attained?