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July 18 2014

How will Montreal, Quebec Repurpose its Aging Urban Hospitals?

July 18th, 2014Posted by 

Two super-hospitals (MUHC and CHUM) are under construction in Montreal, Quebec and they are considered to be two of the city’s largest building projects since the 1976 Olympics and will reinforce Montreal’s position as a leader in life sciences research. Their development will combine several major hospitals onto their two sites, rendering many historic buildings vacant and left […]

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July 04 2014

The Underground City: Beneath the Surface of Montreal, Quebec

July 4th, 2014Posted by 

The name “Underground City” draws images of a thriving metropolis lying deep beneath city streets. Instead, these subterranean spaces contain a network of links to transportation, commercial, recreational, and residential uses. Though underground cities exist all around the world, what makes Montreal’s system of corridors and tunnels stand out from the rest? It is officially […]

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June 20 2014

Urban Realities in the Marvelous City of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

June 20th, 2014Posted by 

The city of 6.2 million people is alive with a constant buzz, the many sights, smells, and sounds drawing your attention every which way. There are thus many ways with which I could have approached this farewell piece (from this point on I’ll be writing from Montreal, Canada) to a city which has been my […]

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June 06 2014

Barra da Tijuca: American Influences in a Brazilian Neighbourhood

June 6th, 2014Posted by 

Labeled “Brazil’s Miami Beach,” Barra da Tijuca is a rich and trendy beach-front district located in Rio de Janeiro’s West Zone, about forty kilometers from the city center. Known for its Americanized lifestyle, its urban development is seemingly modeled on North America’s wealthy suburbs, and is marked by its Floridian feel. It is considered one […]

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May 30 2014

Bus Strikes in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Bring Mobility to a Hault

May 30th, 2014Posted by 

Two bus strikes occurring less than a week apart put a severe strain on Rio de Janeiro’s daily commuters. A twenty-four hour strike began on May 8, 2014 and a forty-eight hour one soon followed on May 13, 2014 when workers did not receive the 40% pay increase they demanded. The bus strikes have occurred […]

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May 16 2014

The Lost Tramway of Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro

May 16th, 2014Posted by 

The winding cobblestone streets of Rio de Janeiro’s most bohemian neighbourhood of Santa Teresa are aligned with historic colonial homes, intimate cafes and bars, funky restaurants, and quaint artisanal shops. A hilltop district, it offers sweeping views of both the city center and the Sugarloaf Mountain. Adding to the neighbourhood’s charm was a yellow tram, […]

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May 02 2014

Cable Car Controversy in Complexo do Alemão, Rio de Janeiro

May 2nd, 2014Posted by 

Inside a little red cable car, we journeyed atop several of the favela’s hills. Looking down below, the density and vastness of Complexo do Alemão, a complex of thirteen favelas in Rio de Janeiro’s North Zone, is nothing short of astonishing. Tin roofs glint in the sunlight, clothes hang on the line of top floor […]

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April 18 2014

Street Children and Social Exclusion in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

April 18th, 2014Posted by 

On the night of July 23, 1993, eight children were massacred on the steps of the Candelária Church in downtown Rio de Janeiro. As a regular gathering spot for street children, dozens took refuge here as a place to rest. Official reports differ on the motive behind such action, yet at 11:00pm, police opened fire […]

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April 04 2014

Painting the Town Yellow, Green, and Blue: Street Art in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

April 4th, 2014Posted by 

Beyond its inherent associations with youthful disobedience and vandalism, Brazilian graffiti captures a city’s culture and history, its feelings on political or social conditions, as well as a little frivolity and playfulness. A distinction needs to be made therefore between grafite, a street art style focused on aesthetics, and pichação, or tagging, in which early […]

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March 21 2014

Room Service! The Delta and Holiday Inn Hotels Convert to Dorms in Montreal

March 21st, 2014Posted by 

If Canada’s Harper government is successful in reaching its goal of attracting 450,000 international students and researchers to its universities by 2022, then student housing is set to become a major issue. As it is, international student enrollment has increased in the city of Montreal, Quebec, despite grim predictions. Home to four large universities including […]

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March 21 2014

Griffintown, Montreal: Manufacturing Hub to Condo Haven

March 21st, 2014Posted by 

As stylish condominiums continue to rise high into the sky, more of historic Griffintown fades away. This once working class neighbourhood of Montreal, Quebec has been going through a major overhaul since 2008, and developers have been scrambling to get in on a piece of desirable land as early as 2005. It is an example […]

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March 07 2014

Taking a Stroll Through Old Montreal: Is it Merely a Seasonal Hotspot?

March 7th, 2014Posted by 

A popular tourist destination, Old Montreal and the Old Port have gained popularity amongst locals in recent years, as seen by an increase in both residents and businesses. Settled in 1642, it is now home to historical landmarks and museums, government buildings, restaurants, bars and clubs, art galleries and souvenir shops. During the period of […]

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