Patte de porc

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“Make a Calm and Careful Calculation”

[youtube]SIp_AmVtsqM[/youtube] In common law countries, when a local government wants to clear away a house or neighbourhood for large-scale development, it need only expropriate the property, toss its owner some compensation and call it a day. That sort of thing has been more difficult in China, which shored up private property rights in 2007, making […]

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Boarded Up and Postered Over

Left, the Main between Duluth and Rachel in 1988; right, the former Laurier Cinema, now a bookstore, in 1988. Below, posters on a brick wall in 1996

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Watch Out For the Tree

Bonham Road, near the University of Hong Kong

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Holiday Commute

Getting around in winter is a challenge wherever it snows. Montreal, after a few predictable glitches following the first couple of storms, usually does a pretty good job in making walking and, increasingly, biking possible. Skiing, too: the cross country trail on Mount Royal now takes off from the intersection of Pine and Park, and […]

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Hijacking Public Spaces

Bench at Times Square. Photo by Ox Lee It was a balmy, late March evening in Hong Kong. Times Square, tourist hot-spot and the island city’s largest shopping mall, thronged as usual with people basking in the artificial daylight of the surrounding billboards and video screens. But something was different. I looked closely: the “railings” […]

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Sammy’s Kitchen

1970s-era restaurant sign, Queen’s Road West, Sai Ying Pun

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Laneway Shops

Electrical appliance store, Causeway Bay Antique vendor, Sheung Wan Last year, I wrote a bit about the informal shops and sales that spring up in some of Montreal’s laneways — a junk emporium, a record shop, a bicycle cooperative, just to name a few in Mile End. Here in Hong Kong, where commercial rents are […]

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Nice Bollards

Taipei is a surprising city. There’s a fine line between ugly haphazardness and charming idiosyncrasy; for the most part, the Taiwanese capital seems to land on the latter side. Its broad boulevards would be bland and overwhelming if it weren’t for the arcaded sidewalks filled with parked scooters. The rambling lanes that run between those […]

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Ginkgo / Silver Maple

Jarry Park, Park Extension, November 2nd, 2008

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The Errant Canadians

It’s fun to see Jean-Paul Riopelle, now considered to have been of Canada’s foremost artists, described as a “young abstract painter” in Les Canadiens errants, a 1956 National Film Board documentary. He describes the open atmosphere of Paris as being particularly conducive to the creation of art. Implicitly, of course, he is referring to the […]

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South West North

Looking south towards Jordan, Tsim Sha Tsui and Hong Kong Island Looking west towards the Yau Ma Tei typhoon shelter Looking north towards Mongkok

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Taipei Nights

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Stranded in Hong Kong

Refugees on a Sham Shui Po rooftop. Photo from Our Life in West Kowloon, a book published by the Society for Community Organization, a social welfare group In the past, Roy Chipowoaminga walked the streets of Hong Kong as a tourist. In August, he was sleeping on them. Penniless and far from home, he found […]

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