Promoting Cycling in Germany

C’est l’été et les responsables de bike sharing ne lésinent pas sur les arguments de choc pour encourager l’usage du vélo ! “Avec moi, tu consommes au minimum 300 calories par heure.” / “With me, you burn at least 300 calories an hour.”

A Lapse in Time

Reclamation Street at 3:27pm — and 6:59pm East Rail Line between Lo Wu and Sheung Shui — and between Tai Po Market and University

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Hong Kong: Plenty of Bikes, Nowhere to Park

On an abandoned stretch of road in Sai Kung, a row of lumpy objects covered by a blue-and-white tarp looks alarmingly like a pile of bodies. A closer investigation reveals a graveyard of a different sort: hundreds of bicycles confiscated by the government. Last year, 10,846 bicycles were removed from sidewalk railings, lampposts and other […]

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Beirut: Signs of Postwar Politics

Posters along the former green line calling for “real change.” After years of foreign/militia rule, the Lebanese navy reasserts itself through this poster featuring a group of scowling teenage boys. “We’re back!” reads the caption in the lower left. Should we feel threatened or reassured?

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Street Seafood

Get yourself some cheap beer, a plastic stool, a big round table and a bunch of friends — and you’ve got yourself the makings of a Hong Kong seafood dinner. Bowrington Road is one of the more expensive spots for al fresco seafood dining, but its location, next to a busy street market and just […]

Saving an Historic Site — Then What?

When Cynthia Lee Hong-yee found out that her family planned to sell her grandfather’s private garden to developers, she returned from the United States to take photos of the lush greenery and eclectic Western-influenced Chinese architecture. “I was capturing some of the details and I realized I just couldn’t capture Dragon Garden’s greatness,” she said. […]

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Postering in Montreal: Legal at Last

Stapling a poster to a Saint-Viateur hydro pole A Quebec Court of Appeal judge has ruled that Montreal’s anti-postering bylaw, which prohibits posters from being stuck to public street furniture, violates the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Montreal will now have to find a way to legally accommodate posters on public property. We have local […]

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Summer Soft-Serve

Dairy Queen in the Petite Patrie. Photo by Kate McDonnell Branded architecture is wrong in so many ways: it’s disposable, it’s a waste of space, it’s vulgar. So then why do I have such a soft spot for Dairy Queen’s little Swiss huts? It must go back to the Dairy Queen at the corner of […]

The View from Above

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gbp_Ir_D3sM[/youtube] Part of the brilliance of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1954 film Rear Window was the way it acknowledged voyeurism as part of urban life. In the city, we’re always being watched and we’re always watching others, be it on the street, from across a café or on the web, through street photography. I’d be lying if […]

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Hard Knocks for Hong Kong’s Trees

Wang Tong’s Ghost Tree. Photo by Larry Feign Furious residents of a village on the south side of Hong Kong’s Lantau Island say government workers have been hacking at the roots of a landmark rubber tree, raising questions about the government’s declared effort to improve tree management. Last Saturday, cartoonist Larry Feign was riding his […]

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Game On

Soccer game seen from the roof of the Jockey Club Creative Arts Centre

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How to Fix a Troublesome Highway

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Po9jgc6JS24[/youtube] When Montreal’s Turcot Interchange opened in 1966, no one had seen anything quite like it. Floating one hundred pillared feet above the ground, its concrete spans swirled and swooped through the air, finally coming together in a knot of jaw-dropping proportions. It comprised over seven kilometres of road and spanned an area of seventeen […]

City Snake

The Central-Mid Levels Escalator seen from above

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L’espoir, le regret, la mémoire : chronique d’un départ

DCorbeil | Ce pays de fous , Montréal 2010 J’ai décidé de quitter le Canada parce que la banlieue m’énervait. Aussi – et surtout ! – pour me sauver de moi-même. Ou plutôt, pour échapper à mon quotidien. Bien entendu, il y avait cette routine – quoique agréable dans mon cas – qui envahissait de plus […]

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