A Gas Station in Danger

Mies van der Rohe gas station in May 2007. Photo by Kate McDonnell As a part of a city’s landscape, does a gas station have any inherent worth? My gut instinct would be to say no: they’re unsightly, detrimental to the pedestrian environment and environmentally destructive. But there’s more to it than that. It’s entirely […]

Urban Blight: It’s a Gas!

Corner Saint-Laurent and Sherbrooke A few years ago there was an outcry when McDonald’s proposed to open a branch on Park Avenue at Mont-Royal. Neighbourhood people were up in arms because its arrival threatened to create a huge eyesore at the edge of the mountain park. McDonald’s opened anyway, keeping its external signs relatively low-key: […]