Van Horne Warehouse

Van Horne and St. Laurent, Mile End, Montreal

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Parking With a View

If you found yourself among the 17 percent of Hong Kongers who drive, and you were inclined to drive to such a centrally-located neighbourhood as Yau Ma Tei, you might find yourself parking in the large garage near the top end of Temple Street. There are eight floors of parking, all in all, and the […]

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Student Business, Campus Life

It was a quiet, rainy day at McGill when Devin Alfaro, just out of his last exam of the semester, walked into the Caférama on the first floor of the university’s William Shatner student centre. Two weeks earlier, in early April, the café was at the centre of a battle over campus business. Caférama will […]

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Storm’s Brewing

St. Viateur near Clark, Mile End, Montreal

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The Street

[youtube]54dm0Z99VOY[/youtube] When a street, neighbourhood or city is mythologized, its private spaces are torn open for the world to see. Stories might be just that—stories—but they have a way of humanizing the people that might otherwise be strangers. That’s what Mordecai Richler did for St. Urbain Street and Montreal’s old Jewish neighbourhood, which includes much […]

An Islamic Oasis

Hong Kong is not normally considered to be much of a Muslim city, and by most measures, it isn’t. Its 100,000 Muslims — a hugely diverse group that includes people of Middle Eastern, African, South Asian, Malay, Indonesian and Chinese descent — make up less than two percent of the city’s total population. By comparison, […]

A Ghost Sign Revealed

Last week, someone named BK McCabe sent me an email about an old tobacco ad that had been revealed when a fire-damaged building was torn down on Sherbrooke Street West in NDG. Not too long after, another NDGer, Grant Martin, emailed me about the same thing. “Interestingly, one of the first results you get by […]

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Cheery Stepping

Queen Street West, Toronto

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Bikes, Trees, and People

College Street West Queen Street West

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Laundry Colour

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Small Car, Big Street

René Lévesque Boulevard near Peel, Montreal

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Rebranding Park Avenue

The first banner was incongruous enough: “Avenue du Parc,” it read in a vaguely Hellenic font, set to a pale blue background. Underneath was the logo of the City of Montreal. Then, a couple of days later, I noticed other banners, these ones much more inscrutable: each featured a portrait of someone that was pulled […]

Urban Zoning

New developments on “West Queen West”

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Back Alley Forest

Laneway between Jeanne-Mance and Esplanade, Mile End, Montreal

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