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April 09 2012

Bike Path Network Development in Urban and Suburban Areas of Montreal, Canada: North America’s Best City for Biking

April 9th, 2012Posted by Yosef Robinson

Montreal has long been a bike-friendly city, with well over 500 kilometres (or 310 miles) of bike paths on Montreal Island to date.  An interactive map of bike paths in the metropolitan area shows these paths.  In fact, in 2011, Montreal was ranked the best city in North America for bicycling (and eighth worldwide). In […]

March 26 2012

Bypassing Highway Problems in Montreal, Canada: Completion of Autoroute 30

March 26th, 2012Posted by Yosef Robinson

Greater Montreal is one of the few large metropolitan areas in North America that do not have effective beltways (or ring-roads) surrounding the metropolitan region.  This situation prevents passing vehicles from bypassing the inner parts of the city.  There were plans to build two partial beltways north of Montreal (Autoroutes 440 and 640), but certain […]

February 27 2012

Balancing Growth and Conservation: Smart Growth in Greater Montreal, Canada

February 27th, 2012Posted by Yosef Robinson

In the past decade or two, similar to other North American metropolitan areas, Greater Montreal (with a population of 3.7 million and an area of 4360 km² – or 1683 mi²) has grown outward in area, beyond Montreal Island (the core), creating residential and commercial sprawl in the process.  Due to this growth, natural and […]

January 30 2012

Montreal, Canada’s Transportation Plan: Increasing Public Transit Options

January 30th, 2012Posted by Yosef Robinson

Montreal Island (the core of the Montreal region) boasts of a city bus network, a subway system (hereafter, the metro), and a commuter rail system serving the entire metropolitan region.  Eventhough Montreal has one of the highest public transit riderships in North America, some places in the Montreal area are not served by public transit […]

January 02 2012

Preserving Agricultural Land on Montreal Island, Canada

January 2nd, 2012Posted by Yosef Robinson

Montreal Island, the core of Greater Montreal, used to be mostly covered by agricultural areas (including some of Quebec’s best farmland), but as the city expanded and its population grew further, agriculture got ever more marginalized. According to “Metropolitan Natures: Environmental Histories of Montreal,” by Stéphane Castonguay and Michèle Dagenais, agriculture was still present in […]

December 19 2011

City Tree Policy: Planting Indigenous Tree Species in Montreal, Canada

December 19th, 2011Posted by Yosef Robinson

Trees form an essential part of the landscape of any city, and Montreal is no exception. Their functions include the following: ●     Providing shade; ●     Purifying the air; ●     Beautifying neighbourhoods and providing ornamental value; ●     Improving curb appeal and adding to property values; ●     Saving on home heating and air conditioning costs. In fact, […]

December 05 2011

Reconstruction of Montreal’s Turcot Interchange and its Impacts

December 5th, 2011Posted by Yosef Robinson

The Turcot Interchange is a major highway junction in Montreal, connecting the north-south Autoroute 15 and the east-west Autoroute 20/720.  The elevated interchange accommodates about 280,000 vehicles a day.  It is located near several working-class neighbourhoods, and is next to a rail-yard as well as the Saint-Jacques Escarpment.  Hastily constructed in 1966-67 in time for […]

November 21 2011

Linking the Two Segments of Cavendish Boulevard in Montreal

November 21st, 2011Posted by Yosef Robinson

For almost fifty years, there has been a missing link in Montreal’s road network between two segments of Cavendish Boulevard; one ending in Cote Saint-Luc (an independent municipality), the other in an industrial park in Saint-Laurent (a Montreal borough) to the north.  Canadian Pacific and Canadian National railyards separate these areas, and the two sections […]

November 07 2011

Repurposing Meadowbrook Golf Course as a Regional Park: Greenspace in West End Montreal

November 7th, 2011Posted by Yosef Robinson

According to a study, Montreal has one of the lowest percentages of greenspace of any major North American city.  One of the largest pieces of undeveloped greenspace is Montreal’s West End is Meadowbrook Golf Course.  Meadowbrook has been repeatedly threatened with residential development by Groupe Pacific, for over 20 years.  A local environmental non-profit group, […]

October 26 2011

(The GRID Blogger) Yosef Robinson: Montreal, Canada

October 26th, 2011Posted by Renée van Staveren

A big Global Site Plans welcome to our newest blogger, Yosef Robinson in Montreal, Canada. Yosef Robinson, born and raised in Montreal, holds a B.A. in Geography with a Minor in Urban Studies from Rutgers University, as well as a Master’s in City and Regional Planning from the Ohio State University.  At present, he is […]

August 22 2014

We Have LRT, Now What? Ottawa’s Next Transit Challenge

August 22nd, 2014Posted by Nour Aoude

In 2018, Ottawa’s new light rail transit (LRT), the thirteen station Confederation Line, will go into service. Arriving in Ottawa, I was impressed to see the Canadian city making progress on transit, instead of getting mired in debates about what kind to build and wavering between proposals, as has been the case in Toronto. Ottawa’s success comes in part from […]

July 15 2014

Canadian Mayors Look to Roadway Tolls or Carbon Taxes to Fund Infrastructure

July 15th, 2014Posted by Bora Mici

There is only one toll bridge in Quebec, between Laval and Montreal. Quebec – A toll bridge? A toll road? In Quebec, where the already heavily burdened taxpayer is expected to roll over freely, the idea is an aberration. There is only one toll bridge in Quebec, between Laval and Montreal, and the raising of […]

June 27 2014

Ottawa Lacks Safe City Cycling Infrastructure, Focuses on Recreation

June 27th, 2014Posted by Nour Aoude

Stretched over a large area in low-density residential suburbs, Ottawa is not an easy place to plan efficient cycling infrastructure. Indeed, the city’s low-density form means that cycling here often takes particular characteristics, different from more compact Canadian cities like Toronto and Montréal. Depending on what you are looking for, Ottawa’s cycling network is at […]

June 20 2014

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

June 20th, 2014Posted by Caitlin Dixon

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 […]

June 03 2014

Billboards that Literally Breath & Create Potable Water in Lima, Peru

June 3rd, 2014Posted by Bora Mici

I have to confess that I am impressed by the social engagement of the future engineers from UTEC (University of Engineering and Technology), who have continuously been innovating to improve the quality of life (which is often mediocre) of the residents of their home country of Peru. Last year, the group drew the attention of […]

May 15 2014

Architects and the War: “Architecture in Uniform. Planning and Constructing for WWII” in Paris

May 15th, 2014Posted by Bora Mici

What were architects working on during WWII, and how did this affect the history of their discipline? Returning to this question, the current exhibition at the Cite de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine shows both how this period inscribed itself in the long history of architecture and how it brought on consequences for the twentieth century. […]

April 14 2014

How Billboards Fund Public Art in Toronto

April 14th, 2014Posted by Lindsay Vanstone

Artists in Toronto have long been undervalued. “Artists were constantly pitching projects to the city, but there was never enough money [in the city budget],” said Devon Ostrom, co-founder of, an alliance of over sixty organizations supporting the arts in Toronto. worked tirelessly for more than a decade to change the conversation in City […]

March 31 2014

3rd Avenue of Limoilou, Quebec, Canada: The Future of the Mall

March 31st, 2014Posted by Marcus Khoury

The shopping mall is dead, long live the shopping avenue! That is what an article from January 13th, written by Marie-Ève Fournier for the Montreal newspaper La Presse, seemed to declare. We already know that far from being strictly utilitarian spaces, shopping malls are also destinations for enjoying yourself. Young parents can walk around with […]

July 09 2013

A Farewell to The Grid, From Devon Willis

July 9th, 2013Posted by Devon Paige Willis

Much has happened since I began as a blogger for The Grid in January 2013. When I joined the team, I had just graduated from my bachelor’s degree and was in the process of applying to jobs and graduate schools. I have since been working full-time at a Montreal not-for-profit called the Montreal Urban Ecology […]

May 28 2013

Pedestrians, Cyclists and Public Transit Users: Big Spenders

May 28th, 2013Posted by Devon Paige Willis

I often do my shopping by bicycle, but regularly find it difficult to find a safe place to lock my bike on commercial strips in the city. While some businesses have taken it upon themselves to install bicycle racks, others do not yet see the need to offer safe parking to their cycling clients. However, […]


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