Cold Night in Shanghai

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Doot doot doot! Doot doot doot!

[youtube]xM1bQt-6y6w[/youtube] I’ve already written about transit ads in Montreal, Paris and Milwaukee. Now it’s time for Hong Kong. With several competing bus companies and a metro system that is constantly being expanded, Hong Kong is in many ways a public transit user’s paradise. That can be seen in the regularity with which the company that […]


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Chinatown’s Jewish History

If Chinatown’s Jewish heritage isn’t obvious, it’s probably because it has been erased by time and redevelopment, swept away like Chenneville St. and its quietly imposing synagogue. Makom: Seeking Sacred Space, an ongoing exhibition at Hampstead’s Dorshei Emet synagogue, examines the historical traces of Montreal’s Jewish community with photos of former synagogues near the Main. […]

The View from Habitat

Montreal’s Old Port from Habitat 67. Check out more thoughts and photos at Spacing.

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Delay No Mall

[youtube]MzH-orX0nDc[/youtube] These two videos show a guerilla ad campaign for Delay No Mall, a trendy lifestyle store that opened in Hong Kong last month. It’s an offshoot of G.O.D., a fashion company with products inspired by Hong Kong’s local culture, including some that have gotten it into trouble with the local authorities. (“Delay No Mall” […]

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Deconstructing the Turcot Interchange

Photo by Karen Spencer “What drew me to the Turcot originally was the size of it,” recalls Ken McLaughlin. The Verdun artist maintains Walking Turcot Yards, a blog dedicated to the area around the giant interchange at the junction of highways 15 and 20, built in 1966 in a feat of Modernist ambition. “It’s pretty […]

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A Century of Subway Cars

Elegant wood-panelled New York subway car with wicker seats from the turn of the twentieth century. The New York Transit Museum is a paradise for public transportation obsessives. The museum has a chronological collection of turnstiles and subway tokens on display, with detailed descriptions of the minutest changes over the years. This may be a […]

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Two Synagogues, One Neighbourhood

There must be at least dozen synagogues within a five minute walk of St. Viateur and Hutchison, a busy corner at the heart of Montreal’s Hasidic Jewish neighbourhood. They exist in the midst of an equally large number of former synagogues, abandoned by more liberal Jewish congregations as they moved west in the 1950s. Two […]

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V. Flesh

Q called me back. I heard the phone buzz from the bed, crumpled, and stumbled to it, against myself. “Yeah, hey, we’re going out tonight.” “Where?” “Somewhere—meet near your apartment? We’re tired of Lan Kwai…” “Sure.” I pressed my hands to my forehead, dry and clammy, dirty feeling, wanting a shower. Cotton mouthed. I tossed […]

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Daap Din Tai: Riding the Electric Ladder

In the pantheon of public transit, Central-Mid-Levels Escalator is unique. Known in Cantonese as din tai, “or electric ladder, ” it was built in the early 1990s to facilitate travel between Hong Kong’s business district and the fashionable Mid-Levels residential area located above it. The esclator (which is actually a series of several different escalators, […]

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Laundry in the Laneway

Alleyway near Esplanade and St. Joseph, Mile End

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Suzanne Takes You Down…

John Allison’s 1983 photos of Montreal’s Old Port reveal a neighbourhood essentially unchanged since Leonard Cohen wrote his 1966 song “Suzanne.” Looking at the half-abandoned streets, flanked by greystone warehouses still bearing the imprint of their past occupants, sidewalks claimed by cracks and weeds, it’s hard not to recall the lyrics from that song. Suzanne […]

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Another Park Avenue Rooftop

In October, I took you up to the roof of my friend’s triplex on Park Avenue. Here’s another roof further up the street. I’m always amazed to see Mount Royal from up there; on the street, it’s invisible, blocked by buildings.

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