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April 28 2014

Cars, Bikes, and Pedestrians in Conflict in Montreal, Quebec, Canada

April 28th, 2014Posted by Marcus Khoury

I received a flood of vicious, angry emails following an editorial I wrote about how it is necessary to revise Quebec’s Highway Safety Code. People are accusing me of wanting to see special treatment given to cyclists, even though they are “all raging mad, and think they can do whatever they want.” Yet, the idea […]

April 09 2014

Green Light Given for Bike Path in Montreal, Canada

April 9th, 2014Posted by Marcus Khoury

On March 25th, the administration of the city of Montreal finally gave the green light to a development project aiming to create an elevated bicycle route that will eventually be located under the Saint-Laurent railway overpass on the corner of Bellechasse Street. This area, riddled with potholes, will be targeted for a complete facelift in […]

March 21 2014

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

March 21st, 2014Posted by Caitlin Dixon

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 […]

March 21 2014

Griffintown, Montreal: Manufacturing Hub to Condo Haven

March 21st, 2014Posted by Caitlin Dixon

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 […]

March 07 2014

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

March 7th, 2014Posted by Caitlin Dixon

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 […]

February 24 2014

Coming Soon to Montreal, Quebec, Canada: Easy-to-Read Street Names

February 24th, 2014Posted by Marcus Khoury

Have you ever noticed how hard it is to read street names in Montreal? The white signs bearing street names are sometimes hidden. They are so small that while driving it is necessary to come to a near stop at street corners to make out what they say. The city of Montreal recognizes the problem […]

January 22 2014

Bike Paths and the City of the Future, from London to Montreal

January 22nd, 2014Posted by Marcus Khoury

I am a fan of the graphic novel series Les Cités obscures by Schuiten and Peeters, which depicts life in autonomous, futuristic city-states that are, above all, very strange. But, there is a bit of this fantastic world in the new project by the well-known British architect Norman Foster, who has proposed the creation of […]

January 08 2014

A Light Rail System for Montreal by 2018? Impossible, Say Officials

January 8th, 2014Posted by Marcus Khoury

The decision to bring to abandon the timelines set for the future Champlain Bridge is forcing everyone to sit down and go back to the drawing board. The decision made by the committee for a proposed light rail project last Wednesday was just as sudden as it was devastating. They concluded that it is simply […]

January 06 2014

The Alleys of Quebec City, Canada: Lagging Behind their Montreal Counterparts

January 6th, 2014Posted by Marcus Khoury

The program for beautifying the alleys of Quebec City has found little success in Limoilou. There is so little happening that $600,000 of available funds are sitting in the city’s coffers. “The program does not work at all” explained the official responsible for the report, Sonia Ratté, during a recent plenary committee meeting. “The challenge […]

December 09 2013

Closure of The Champlain Bridge: Transportation Sustainability in Montreal, Quebec

December 9th, 2013Posted by Marcus Khoury

It’s hard to look past the topic of the week: the Champlain Bridge! The closure of several lanes on the bridge deck caused huge traffic jams over several kilometers at the beginning of the week, with the same happening at all road accesses crossing the St. Lawrence River. And that is only the start of […]

November 11 2013

Restoring an “Industrial Ghost” in Montreal, Canada

November 11th, 2013Posted by Marcus Khoury

It is a strange building, made entirely of white concrete, with a mysterious shape. Abandoned for nearly ten years, the Wellington Switch Tower, a gem from Montreal’s industrial past, will now take on a new life. For fifty-seven years, this two-story bunker, located near the Lachine canal in the Griffintown neighborhood, housed the switching center […]

June 24 2013

Summer in Montréal, Canada: My Living Room Just Got a Whole Lot Bigger

June 24th, 2013Posted by Devon Paige Willis

I decided to take this blog post, my last for The Grid, to the field, literally and metaphorically. I am sitting in Parc Laurier, a park close to my home in Montréal’s Plateau neighbourhood. I have gone back to basics, pen and paper in hand. I sit under a tree observing the park and its […]

June 11 2013

Bicycle Theft in Montréal, Canada

June 11th, 2013Posted by Devon Paige Willis

This is a very appropriate week for me to be writing a blog post about bicycle theft in Montréal. Last week, someone took my bell and my lights right off of my bike in the middle of downtown. I am an avid cyclist; I bike to work, to run errands, and to go out to […]

May 14 2013

An Update on the Reconstruction of the Turcot Interchange in Montréal, Canada

May 14th, 2013Posted by Devon Paige Willis

In December 2011, a former Grid blogger, Yosef Robinson, wrote a piece about the reconstruction of the Turcot Interchange, a major highway junction in Montreal, Canada. The original proposal came about as the aging infrastructure was beginning to crumble. The project faced fierce opposition, as it planned to widen the interchange (going against everything we […]

April 30 2013

Public Spaces in a Winter City: Montreal, Canada

April 30th, 2013Posted by Devon Paige Willis

Montreal is transformed by the seasons. During our hot summers, bars and terraces overflow with people, festivals bring crowds to the streets, and public spaces brim with locals and tourists. Winter is a different story. Large public spaces that are vibrant in the warmer months, like Place-des-Arts and Place Jacques-Cartier, are virtually abandoned when the […]

March 05 2013

Traffic Signals on the Scale of Cyclists in Montreal, Canada

March 5th, 2013Posted by Devon Paige Willis

As a part of its plans to invest in sustainable transportation, Montreal has built several bicycle lanes over the years. However, traffic signals for bicycles have yet to follow in many neighbourhoods. Although there are traffic lights directed towards drivers and pedestrians, traffic signals on many streets do not “speak” to cyclists. While traditionally cyclists […]

February 19 2013

A New Bike Coalition in Montréal, Canada

February 19th, 2013Posted by Devon Paige Willis

Montreal is awash with bicycling advocacy groups. In recent months another group has formed: the Montreal Bike Coalition, an initiative of the Mile End neighbourhood community organization “Ruepublique” (literally, public street). The Bike Coalition aims to connect all the grassroots cycling organizations and citizen cyclists, with a focus on utilitarian cycling, while not replicating the […]

February 06 2013

(The GRID Blogger) Devon Willis: Montreal, Canada

February 6th, 2013Posted by Renée van Staveren

A big Global Site Plans welcome to our newest blogger, Devon Willis from Montreal, Canada. Devon Paige Willis is a native Montrealer and recent graduate of McGill University where she did her B.A. in Environment and Political Science. She discovered a passion for urban and transportation planning in her final year, during which time she […]

February 05 2013

From Carpooling to Transit: A Multimodal Carpooling Application in Montréal, Canada

February 5th, 2013Posted by Devon Paige Willis

In low-density environments, carpooling has long been touted as a sustainable transportation alternative. However, in practice it is difficult to realize. Rarely do multiple people have the same origin and destination – and even when they do, this does not hold for every day of the week. This is attributable to our increasingly flexible work […]

January 22 2013

Two Wheels, Four Seasons: Winter Cycling in Montreal, Canada

January 22nd, 2013Posted by Devon Paige Willis

Montreal, Canada is a winter city. From November to March (and sometimes even April) the city grows cold, the days are short and it snows – sometimes a lot. Even so, in recent years cycling in winter months has increased dramatically, according to Vélo Quebec. As I write this post, it is a beautiful 6°C […]


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