Relief Measures

Photo by RH Kamen Hong Kong was not a healthy place in the late 19th century. For decades after the British founded the colony in 1842, the Chinese settlement of Sheung Wan struggled with overcrowding and chronic disease. Things were especially bad in Tai Ping Shan, a hillside enclave of tenement houses packed with recent […]

A Place to Piss

Former camillienne in St. Louis Square Montreal owes much to two twentieth-century strongmen/mayors: Camillien Houde and Jean Drapeau. Drapeau gave us sleek Modernism, expressways and artificial islands, but Houde was a more populist kind of guy who made his mark with public markets and, just as importantly, public toilets. Camilliennes, as they came to be […]