PostArctica: The Chair

Excellent work! Broken Light: A Photography Collective Please welcome first-time contributor Katie Kelleher, a 29-year-old artist living in Asheville, North Carolina. She has been faced with mental health challenges, including bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, anorexia, and self harm, leading to hospitalizations, treatments, hardships, and different turns along the journey.  The experience of mental illness ...

Things Are Good: Oslo Improves its City Centre by Banning Car Parking

The Norwegian capital of Oslo dealt with an interesting proposition of banning all cars in the city centre by compromising. At first business and some residents (only 30% of urban dwellers own cars in Norway) didn’t like the proposal at all claiming it would ruin neighbourhoods and business. To address their concerns the city rolled ...

Things Are Good: How Pressure from Pedestrians and Cyclists Make Better Cities

Depending on where you live you may think streets are for people or for cars. The correct answer is that streets are for moving people and not built for the need of inanimate objects. In an interesting series of videos the Toronto Star’s Christopher Hume examines the different urban design decisions between suburban and urban ...

PostArctica: Bags from Columbia

Walking down a pleasant street in the north plateau the other evening and I run into this entrepreneur. Excellent quality handmade goods made in Columbia. Check them out on Facebook here!

PostArctica: Garden In Verdun

Interesting watering system.

Things Are Good: Turning Homes Into Business Could Save the Suburbs

The suburbs are an energy-intensive housing solution that started in North America and has spread worldwide. The appeal of the tract housing the very thing that makes the suburbs detrimental to society: large lots, expansive houses, low density, and that they are reliant on individual use automobiles. With the mounting pressure of rapid climate change ...

PostArctica: Dying Tree With Storm

Don’t look back.

PostArctica: Waiting

Every season presents a new set of circumstances, a new type of song.

Things Are Good: Farming for the Future on the Roofs of Hong Kong

Green roofs are great for collecting water and cooling neighbourhoods, they are also useful for feeding their local communities. In the densely built urban environment of Hong Kong there is a network of green roofs that used for farming. These farms are used to grow crops sold in local stores and to encourage the people ...

PostArctica: Walk A Lot, Read A Lot

Taking a break in La Fontaine Park.

PostArctica: Rainbow in Montreal Today

It rained all day. The sun came out for a while.

PostArctica: The Giants in Montreal

Went downtown today to check out the giant marionettes that are dominating the scene in the city this weekend. It is pretty cool because the crew that accompanies each giant are energized and organized much like a Cirque du Soleil act. The down side of this is that it really is like watching a one ...

PostArctica: Longing

PostArctica: River High, Shore Erosion In Verdun

The Saint Lawrence has been much higher than usual this spring in Verdun. Today I walked between the Natatorium and the Marina and there were parts of the lower path already washed out. My first concern is that many trees along the shoreline have already leaned into the river and I wonder if this erosion ...

PostArctica: Trees Cut Down In Verdun

It was inevitable were they going to proceed with the poorly conceived beach project on the Verdun waterfront, but it turns out that even though the city has recently said that the project has been postponed, a large swath of trees has been cut down on the proposed beach site. So my question today is ...

PostArctica: Printemps

I may have said this before but it bears repeating… I once had a problem photographing something in terms of composition, or maybe it was just attitude, in any case, I advised myself to just go in like Friedlander shooting cacti. And it has very much become a part of my personal aesthetic as I ...

Things Are Good: Covert Strategies for Supporting Urbanism

One of the biggest challenges facing cities in the 21st century is how to make them more people friendly. Parts of many cities have been left to rot, or have been neglected, thanks to decades of car-dominated thinking. This car-focussed, and individualistic, urban design has made discourse around making cities people friendly hard; it’s time ...

PostArctica: There Are Memories Everywhere

PostArctica: Stormy Today

Was out and about this afternoon. Nature has a way of evening up the score – after a relatively balmy and dry January and February, March so far has provided our coldest temperatures and this could be the biggest snowstorm of the year, Outside the Mount Royal Metro station. Corner of Rivard and Marie Anne. ...

Things Are Good: Move to the City for a Slow Life

It’s often thought that cities are buys bustling places where nobody slows down. Sure, the streets are busier and there is more activity, but the city is a slow place for living. Arizona State University researchers looked into the lifestyles of urban dwellers and discovered that they are slower than people who live elsewhere. The ...

PostArctica: This Is A Bench! Enjoy!

Picture taken in the area that will become the Verdun beach. Going to miss the rugged spontaneity,  the urban explorer sensibility, that got so beautifully cultivated in an organic manner through here.

PostArctica: Dan Bern In Montreal

Had the great pleasure of attending a Dan Bern concert Sunday afternoon at a bar downtown. It was a small back room venue with excellent sound, perfect for this type of performance – one singer with a guitar and harmonica. From wiki “Dan Bern (also known as Bernstein) is an American guitarist, singer, songwriter, novelist ...

Things Are Good: Improve Transportation by Ending Subsidies for Automobiles

Many drivers think that gas tax (or their car-related taxes in general) more than cover the costs of infrastructure of cars. The reality is quite the opposite. People who don’t drive subsidize those who do. In terms of infrastructure itself we have spent more money on roads than on other forms of transit. This combination ...

Things Are Good: Detroit’s Farms May Save the City

Detroit is a city that has been witnessing a lot of change thanks to poor urban planning and bad economics. The past decade has been very rough for the people of Detroit and they are turning to old, but innovative, ways to revive the city. We have seen artists move to Detroit and even some ...

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 ...