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July 03 2014

Heritage In Danger: The Desrochers House, St-Leonard District, Montreal

July 3rd, 2014Posted by Bora Mici

Thanks to sites being registered on the annual Heritage Montreal list of endangered sites, in 2013, the media brought to light the St-Leonard housing co-op and its sneaky disappearance – which was caused by the lack of a regulatory framework in the St-Leonard district. The largest grouping of bungalows ever built in Quebec, according to […]

June 25 2014

Mini-Grants Transforming the City in Montreal, Canada and Spreading Nationwide

June 25th, 2014Posted by Marcus Khoury

Do you dream of adding some life to a sidewalk corner in your neighborhood, starting a community garden, or creating a public bench where one is sorely needed? Transforming your city, one step at a time: with a handful of dollars. That is the belief of the Montreal Center of Urban Ecology (CEUM). In the […]

June 24 2014

Saint Lawrence River & Montreal’s Old Port Await their Opportunity to Shine

June 24th, 2014Posted by Bora Mici

With the arrival of summer, the tourist season, and the 375th anniversary of Montreal, I cannot help but restart the discussion about the future of our Old Port once again. The site must be the most frequented tourist destination in the province (at least six million visitors each year at Igloofest, fireworks, etc.) – it’s […]

June 12 2014

Rosemont-La-Petite-Patrie, Montreal Implements “Ecological” Vehicle Permits

June 12th, 2014Posted by Bora Mici

In order to encourage citizens to abandon their gas-fueled vehicles, the Rosemont-La-Petite-Patrie, Montreal district will be implementing a fee on parking permits that favors environmentally-friendly cars. At their next renewal, the owners of electrical vehicles will pay $58 per year, those who have hybrid models $87, and those who have gas-fueled cars $115. The current […]

June 04 2014

Bike Streets: Coming Soon to Montreal, Quebec, Canada

June 4th, 2014Posted by Marcus Khoury

Have the bicycle accidents of recent weeks given an electroshock to Montreal’s officials? What would have seemed unthinkable a few months ago seems to have become a reality: the neighborhood of Plateau-Mont-Royal has announced the installation of “bike streets” where bicycles will have priority over motor vehicles. Imported from Europe, this concept of sharing roadways […]

May 22 2014

Andre Blouin, The Modern Design of Montreal

May 22nd, 2014Posted by Bora Mici

As Europe was in full swing of reconstruction after WWII, Andre Blouin was shaping his style working in the atelier of August Perret in Paris. Passionate disciple of modernist principles, in 1952, he established himself in Montreal, a city whose image he would create. Montreal architect of the French Pavilion (the current Casino of Montreal), […]

May 19 2014

Importing the Architectural Follies of Montpellier, France to Montréal, Canada

May 19th, 2014Posted by Marcus Khoury

Unusual, original, and out of the ordinary, follies have existed since the seventeenth century (and even before). They are often extravagant, unreasonable, or fantastic. Associated with the aristocracy and more recently with eccentrics, these buildings are above all known in Europe. For example, the city of Montpellier, France is home to such historic buildings dating […]

May 13 2014

Walk the Region 2014: Green Spaces in Montreal, Quebec

May 13th, 2014Posted by Bora Mici

Walk the Region, Montreal, is back for the fourth time from June 28th to 30th, 2014. During this three-day expedition, we plan on walking nearly seventy kilometers, departing from the Sainte-Julie agricultural grounds on the South-Shore and arriving in the old town of Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, which has been transformed into a college town, at the point […]

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 […]


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