PostArctica: Late Summer Melancholy of An Arch

Rolling on foot into Westmount today and took a pic which reminds me of Giorgio de Chirico’s Mystery and Melancholy of a Street. Here is Giorgio’s version. And here is mine. Maybe I am just crazy, getting old, but I see paintings in photographs, or, but its not a problem. The interesting thing is that ...

Things Are Good: Bike Lanes are Good for Everybody

Bike lanes are amazing! They give users of the roads an area which protects emission-free bicycle riding. They bring local business lots of profits and they improve towns. Bike lanes are almost a panacea to the plight of current urban planning in North America. Indeed, bike lanes are even great for car drivers – the ...

PostArctica: Dying Tree With Storm

Don’t look back.

Things Are Good: Montreal’s Streets Continue to be Focused on People

Walking the streets of Montreal already provides a pleasant experience – and it’s about to get better. The city has dedicated an additional $1.7 million to what it already spends on making selected streets car free. The pedestrian areas promote local artists and encourage people to visit neighbourhoods throughout the municipality. People love the initiative ...

PostArctica: Pallet Bookcase

Seen on de l’Eglise earlier this week.

PostArctica: Backlog

Some more from recent months. Chapel at Montreal General Hospital. Sculpture outside Frontenac Metro station. Rescue workers on Verdun waterfront. “Red Top” near Woodland in Verdun. View from inside Renaissance, corner Gordon and Wellington.

PostArctica: Trouble On Troy?

Walking down here yesterday and this valve thing started to blow. It’s a strange sight with pipes leading from one fire hydrant to another. The other side of the street is a maze of pipes and hoses running through yards. I have no idea how long this has been going on or why because it ...

PostArctica: Recently Here and There

Just some semi random shots from recent months. Back yard, de l’Eglise, Verdun Stairwell, Ecole de technologie superieure. Willibrord Park, Verdun Nuit Blanche, Christ Church Cathedral

PostArctica: Three

Things Are Good: A Delivery Service Which Improves Traffic Flow in Gothenburg

Gothenburg has a delivery service that pools together deliveries for businesses and it’s making a huge difference on the streets. The streets of Gothenburg used to be clogged with vehicle traffic and thanks to this delivery service people in Gothenburg are better able to get around. This makes for more efficient transfer of goods in ...

Things Are Good: Watch Streets Evolve From Car-Focused to People-Focused

Streets were for people, then cars took over and ruined cities. For the last hundred years cities transformed themselves from walkable places to sprawling buildings which were designed for heavy car use. Now, cities have seen how that’s a mistake. A design firm, Urb-i, has used Google street view to catalog how cities are making ...

Things Are Good: Artists Bring Peace to the Streets

Street art about peace is getting special attention in London these next few weeks. Artists from all over the world are going to explore the idea of ‘peace in our streets’ and what it means to them. It looks like it’ll be a great exhibit. If you’re in London you should check it out. The ...

PostArctica: Outdoor Staircases in Montreal

These exterior staircases make a street dance, there are visual rhythms along otherwise dull avenues, there is an interaction amongst neighbors that wouldn’t happen with interior staircases, all part of that wonderful streetscene that Jane Jacobs so accurately described… Spiral Staircases in Verdun “Under the seeming disorder of the old city, wherever the old city ...

PostArctica: Cabane a sucre in Verdun

Becoming a tradition as this is the 5th installment. And after this long cold neverending winter it is great to get out and see tons of people on the street. Cabane a sucre is often translated as “sugar shack” and it is a part of Quebec culture – harvesting maple syrup and basically turning it ...

PostArctica: Ice Storm 2015

Nothing like ’98 but still there are people without power, treacherous walking and driving conditions. Nature at it’s finest, cold, brutal, beautiful. The nets on the balconies to prevent pigeons from roosting take a beating in an ice storm

PostArctica: Sidewalk Sale, August, 2014

Some images from the sidewalk sale in Verdun that took place from Thursday to Sunday last week.

PostArctica: Street Dancing In Verdun

Every second Friday night on Wellington they are having these Latino dance parties on the street during the summer.  Hope you can make it, I will be the big old hippie with the teeny camera. Hope to see you there!

PostArctica: Hare Krishna

So the joke on the street last week was that if these folks are strolling around town then maybe Verdun really is becoming the “Next Plateau.”  Always nice to think that someone, who isn’t selling something, may have a favorable opinion of your ‘hood. Still I recall in the mid 80′s when Saint Henri was ...

PostArctica: Hare Krishna

So the joke on the street last week was that if these folks are strolling around town then maybe Verdun really is becoming the “Next Plateau.”  Always nice to think that someone, who isn’t selling something, may have a favorable opinion of your ‘hood. Still I recall in the mid 80′s when Saint Henri was ...

PostArctica: Sidewalk Sale

A few from over the weekend in Verdun.

PostArctica: Sidewalk Sale

A few from over the weekend in Verdun.

PostArctica: Zappy Pizza

April 10, 2014 7:45am

PostArctica: Zappy Pizza

April 10, 2014 7:45am

PostArctica: Found Art

Wellington and Woodland in Verdun.

PostArctica: Found Art

Wellington and Woodland in Verdun.