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  • Montage du jour : Résidence bourgeoise, 3414 rue Stanley - Spacing Montreal
    Tweet Montage du jour Résidence bourgeoise 3414 rue Stanley December 24 2012 By Guillaume St Jean 2009 2012 Subscribe to Mag Share Post Tweet Post Buy Merch andise Tweet More posts by Guillaume St Jean 2 comments Neither the author nor Spacing necessarily agrees with posted comments Spacing reserves the right to edit or delete comments entirely See our Comment Policy Kate M 3 years ago Obviously 2012 is an improvement but they seem to have omitted a usable fire escape Xtian Gunther 3 years ago This just illustrates how old historic buildings in almost any state of disrepair can be brought back and SHOULD BE preserved not demolished It s really too bad preservation laws aren t strong enough Too bad city councils always have lame excuses for why they do little to nothing to stop the demolition practices against historic structures Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published Required fields are marked Name Email Website Comment Search Advertisement Spacing Magazine fall 2015 Order issue Subscribe In these stores Popular Posts Montage du jour L orphelinat Notre Dame de Liesse et la crèche d Youville Le Faubourg à m lasse les origines d une

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/montreal/2012/12/24/montage-du-jour-ancienne-residence-bourgeoise-3414-rue-stanley/ (2015-11-17)
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  • Urban Planet: Cloud architecture hits Seoul Korea - Spacing Montreal
    Buy Merch andise Tweet More posts by Jonathan Zettel 3 comments Neither the author nor Spacing necessarily agrees with posted comments Spacing reserves the right to edit or delete comments entirely See our Comment Policy Luc Forest 3 years ago Que ce soit contestable au niveau architectural admettons par contre que c est pas mal flyé Quand je vois tout ce qui se fait ailleurs et pas toujours dans les plus grandes ni les plus célèbres villes du monde Montréal fait grandement pitié avec sa petite architecture plate à en mourir qui donne envie de vouloir être n importe où ailleurs sauf ici Ce qu on a du retard ici Mais c est incroyable ce manque d audace S il y avait une cathégorie pour classer les villes du monde les plus flyées pour leur architecture je me demande où vers la fin de la liste se classerait Montréal Michael Fish 3 years ago Montreal s architecture and its engineering works are subject to one of the most cruel environments weatherwise in the world Sculptural and excessive decorative detailing and articulated facades have always fared very badly where water on any surface near horizontal can turn to ice many times in a single day let alone a few times a week or a month The worst damage occurs on a sunny day with intermittent clouds that can cover the sun when the mean temperature is somewhat below zero C Freezing rain and acid rain also do much damage Almost all of the more articulated facades and elements that have ever been built here have thus perished Our buildings that last are plain They shed water quickly Their facades in particular are such that their wholes and all of their elements vary their differential temperatures all together The cloud building illustrated

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/montreal/2012/12/21/urban-planet-cloud-architecture-hits-seoul-korea/ (2015-11-17)
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  • Urban Planet: Spinning flywheels boost subways - Spacing Montreal
    Zettel We can only imagine the amount of energy it takes so send subways around the city Here s an article that has at least one solution taken from the days of steam engines In order to capture braking energy subways could use flywheels Urban Planet is a roundup of blogs from around the world dealing specifically with urban environments We ll be on the lookout for websites outside the country that approach themes related to urban experiences and issues For more stories from around the planet check out Spacing on Facebook and Twitter Do you have an Urban Planet worthy article you d like to share Send the link to urbanplanet spacing ca Subscribe to Mag Share Post Tweet Post Buy Merch andise Tweet More posts by Jonathan Zettel Neither the author nor Spacing necessarily agrees with posted comments Spacing reserves the right to edit or delete comments entirely See our Comment Policy Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published Required fields are marked Name Email Website Comment Search Advertisement Spacing Magazine fall 2015 Order issue Subscribe In these stores Popular Posts Montage du jour L orphelinat Notre Dame de Liesse et la crèche

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/montreal/2012/12/14/urban-planet-spinning-flywheels-boost-subways/ (2015-11-17)
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  • Party's Over Politics in Montreal - Spacing Montreal
    of votes Could dozens of independent counsellors be won over so thoroughly Could an independent mayor adopt the see no evil speak no evil modus operandi that allowed Tremblay to profess his innocence of his party s dubious funding right up to the bitter end Municipal parties are unique to Montreal born with the Civic Action League in 1954 which was formed to help elect Jean Drapeau thanks to Montreal City Weblog for digging up this tidbit Now that we have our first independent mayor in over 50 years it might be worth taking a step back to question the true impact of party politics at the municipal level The main lesson that I ve been able to draw from the train wreck of the past few months is that voters need to stop focusing on the train which is likely to wind up in the scrapyard before the year is out and to start paying more attention to the survivors Image amalgamated from photos on flickr cc tracktwentynine benwatts robynejay Subscribe to Mag Share Post Tweet Post Buy Merch andise Tweet More posts by Alanah Heffez 5 comments Neither the author nor Spacing necessarily agrees with posted comments Spacing reserves the right to edit or delete comments entirely See our Comment Policy Zvi 3 years ago The root of the current malaise is about far more than just political parties it is the entire Québec model of doing things The government bureaucracy is what really controls the levers of power and they are in enmeshed with the Québec business community Politicians may come and go but the system remains Vasi 3 years ago There s very little evidence that non partisan city governments are any better at avoiding corruption In some ways a lack of parties may be even worse If a particular issue is up for a vote it s much easier and cheaper to buy off the swing vote than to buy off an entire party Parties also provide good guidelines for voters to know what they ll get even if they don t have a lot of information about the candidates I can be pretty certain an NDP MP will vote for gay marriage for environmental concerns against wars etc When parties are not around to fill this role elections can become what have you done for me lately pork barrel contests A better solution might in fact be stronger more ideologically consistent parties In the last Montréal election there were few policy distinctions between UM and VM Both parties proclaimed they d clean up city hall neither party showed much evidence they d be any good at it and voters just chose who they believed based on faith or mood affiliation If more parties were like Projet Montréal or Vancouver s parties focusing on specific issues and philosophies I think it might help Ant6n 3 years ago Where does this claim from come that Montreal having parties on a municipal level is unique I know

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/montreal/2012/11/16/partys-over-politics-in-montreal/ (2015-11-17)
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  • Montreal, the forgotten election issue - Spacing Montreal
    2020 Strengthen presence of French language in Montreal Support for manufacturing and cultural industries in city Québec Solidaire QS s proposals for the city aim focus on bringing about a local green revolution in transportation with proposals aimed to reduce auto dependence improve public transit and ensure accessible housing 1 2 billion in investments in public transit over 5 years including communter train metro extension busses Massive effort to electrify public transit End to mega highway projects like the new Turcot Interchange 22 500 units of social housing in the Montreal region over 5 years Funding for renovation of aging schools Support for social economy in neighbourhoods Coalition Avenir Québec Like most of Legault s campaign his Montreal platform focuses on rearranging structures and the need for leadership By and large rather populist and doesn t address many important issues Reduction of number of city councillors and abolition of borough councillors Reduce boroughs powers and recentralise certain powers to the central city administration Favour investments in commuter rail over metro extentions Abolish the Agence Métropolitaine de Transport and replace it with a public company directly under provincial control Create the position of Municipal Ethics Commissioner Favor Montreal s economic development by further developing tourism cultural industries and knowledge economy Negotiate agreement with the City of Montreal to provide more support for infrastructure maintenance Parti Libéral du Québec As with most of the campaign the Liberals Montreal strategy is to sell their achievements and encourage the electorate to stay the course Their commitments are few and relatively superficial They include boosting tourism and Montreal s international reputation as well as limited transit investments 375 million in new transit spending More funding for metro renovations but no committement to extending lines Financial support to progressively transition the taxi fleet to hybrid or electric with destinct visual branding 300 new kilometres of reserved lanes for transit Funding for renovations of major tourist sights like the Biodôme the Jardin Botanique the Fine Arts Museum and others in preparation for Montreal s 375th anniversary Option Nationale Contrary to the other parties Option National doesn t have any Montreal specific elements in its platform though it does have a few policy positions that touch urban issues Like Québec Solidaire ON proposes major investments to electrify public transit It also wants to encourage international organisations to establish their headquarters in Montreal and Quebec City By and large these platforms all have major holes and none manages to present a well thought out plan for Montreal or any other Quebec cities for that matter To its credit the CAQ acknowledges Montreal s key role in the Quebec economy but its plan is based largely on populism Like in so many other aspects of their platform they put their faith in magical gains of efficiency and savings to be found in rearranging structures and institutions Moreover their proposals regarding public transit are clearly aimed at the off island suburbs the only part of the region where they are competitive

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/montreal/2012/09/01/montreal-the-forgotten-election-issue/ (2015-11-17)
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  • “Innovation District” latest attempt at Griffintown development - Spacing Montreal
    and construction cranes It s all condos no commerce said Dungen If complementary services aren t factored into development projects he said then you re stuck building all that stuff retroactively Condos and educational institutions don t necessarily have complementary needs so when you have this planning in a vacuum where no one s talking to each other what you end up with could be a total pile of shit honestly Both ÉTS and McGill insist this will not be the case with the QI While McGill only came on board recently ÉTS has been developing the project since 2009 ÉTS spokesperson Olivier Audet said the project will emphasize the importance of a diversity of services Similar innovation districts have been developed in cities from Barcelona and Lyons to Boston and Toronto Marcil said he thinks the QI will improve on the social aspects of past projects The social part or character of that neighbourhood in Montreal will be unique across the world no doubt about it said Marcil ÉTS has already purchased one building for the project the former Dow Brewery building on the corner of Peel and Notre Dame Marcil said McGill was looking at possibly buying property The two schools are also still in the process of finding corporate partners for the project businesses that would sponsor the project and take up office space in the district Students staff researchers could go there and have an opportunity to be in contact with SMEs and projects said Marcil The project drew criticism from McGill students in February when it was first publically revealed without prior consultation McGill students were also critical of potential corporate ties within the QI project McGill included Bombardier Google and Monsanto as possible corporate partners in February a list the McGill Daily later reported was purely hypothetical Marcil said McGill will also begin consultations with students on the project in the fall Steeve Lemay an education consultant and Griffintown resident who participated in the OCPM consultation supports the initial intention of the QI project but is worried the project appears to offer little to families It s a few young professionals who are involved in the process said Lemay Lemay said he would like to see science and technology focused primary and secondary schools associated with ÉTS launched as part of the QI providing the example of the École FACE neighbouring McGill There are ways in the Quartier de l innovation to create a neighborhood that is not only for the bourgeois not only for people in the area promoters attract said Lemay Dungen was critical of ÉTS past involvement in the neighbourhood however saying the school sees the neighbourhood as an opportunity He continued saying I wouldn t say that ETS is a big champion of the neighbourhood apart from anything that makes it sound like they re really great If you walk on William Street which is really the border of Griffintown all their buildings that face out on there absolutely couldn

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/montreal/2012/07/16/innovation-district-latest-attempt-at-griffintown-development/ (2015-11-17)
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  • Rosemont-Petite-Patrie mayor crosses floor to Projet Montréal - Spacing Montreal
    handled semi pedestrianisation scheme for Masson fit well with Projet Montréal s outlook Moreover he had developed a good working relationship with the Projet councillors in his own borough and had gone out of his way to not burn any bridges This is the second floor crossing that has occurred during the life of this city council after Ahunstic Cartierville mayor Pierre Gagnier left Projet Montreal almost a year ago to become an independent The balance of power on council isn t affected and Vision Montreal remains the official opposition Nevertheless it s good news for Projet as it creates a sense of momentum and also bolsters the party s argument that it is the natural rallying point for progressives and Tremblay Union opponents in the next election What s more it helps to further break down the perception that it s a Plateau only party by showing it s gaining strength in other central city neighbourhoods This announcement is also a sign that we are slowly entering the lead up to the next municipal elections still almost two years away Given the relatively instability of the party system in Montreal floor crossings and party shake ups are common as councillors reevaluate the political landscape in preparation for trying to get reelected It will be interesting to see if any of Croteau s former caucus colleagues follow his example His criticisms of Vision as being incoherent are not unfounded as it currently stands the party s caucus is a grab bag of personalities with widely different political outlooks from right wing Bourque era stalwards to PQ apparatchiks to relatively progressive younger recruits Croteau was the lowest hanging fruit but there are other councillors with a similar profiles that could be tempted to make the same move as the next election draws closer Subscribe to Mag Share Post Tweet Post Buy Merch andise Tweet More posts by Devin Alfaro 5 comments Neither the author nor Spacing necessarily agrees with posted comments Spacing reserves the right to edit or delete comments entirely See our Comment Policy Patrick Cigana 4 years ago Talk about low hanging fruit let s not forget that there are many unsatisfied councillors with Union Montréal whose caucus is at least as eclectic as the Vision caucus Particularly many UM councillors are uncomfortable with the Tremblay Applebaum position on decentralization they talk the decentralization talk but don t put their money where their mouths are Devin Alfaro 4 years ago It s definitely true that there are a number of unhappy Union councillors But being in the administration caucus is a major incentive to stay put Perhaps closer to the elections some will start thinking of jumping ship but for now I bet they ll take a wait and see approach Alanah Heffez 4 years ago The number of party crossings in all directions makes me doubt the relevance of a party system in municipal planning Vision has and has had a number of great candidates I voted for

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/montreal/2011/11/02/rosemont-petite-patrie-mayor-crosses-floor-to-projet-montreal/ (2015-11-17)
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  • "Mixité sociale" in defence of gentrification - Spacing Montreal
    would still mean that any large new constructions would include a higher private to social housing ratio that currently exists in the neighbourhood pushing the overall balance in favour of private housing largely condos And since the inclusion policy only applies to projects over 200 units the amount of new social housing in the neighbourhood would actually be well under 15 even if the inclusion policy was always implemented Apparently in Tremblay and Mainville s logic this scenario would still involve too much social housing It would seem that this projects supporters were evoking the need for what planners call mixité sociale to defend exclusionary projects This concept essentially says that projects need to make space for a wide variety of people with different incomes ages lifestyles and family structures This is not the first time that the need for mixité sociale has been evoked to oppose social housing or support exclusive residential developments In the case of the Plateau a borough where property values and rents have been rising exponentially community groups have for years been demanding that city lands be earmarked for social housing projects given that there are few undeveloped properties in the borough and those that do exist are prohibitively expensive Former Union Montréal borough mayor Helen Fotopulos opposed this demand citing the need for mixité sociale and preferring projects that consisted mainly of private condo developments with a few social housing units off to the side Such discourse also surrounded the construction of La Place Valois in Hochelaga So for some this concept seems to mean that what working class neighbourhoods really need are just big condo developments to bring in wealthier people But this is a far cry from what promoting true mixité sociale would entail As property values in central city neighbourhoods rise much faster than inflation it s clear that the challenge is not to attract more well off people to central neighbourhoods That has already happened Plateau or is in the process of happening pretty much everywhere else Rather the main challenge will be to ensure that lower income people can continue to stay in these neighbourhoods And the secondary challenge is to ensure that new developments include a reasonable amount of larger affordable units that suit households with children and not just 3 1 2s for single professionals or childless couples While this is hardly the first time that urban planning concepts have been twisted to favour the interests of real estate developers it s a particularly egregious case give that it is being used to defend what is essentially the opposite of what the concept actually calls for Subscribe to Mag Share Post Tweet Post Buy Merch andise Tweet More posts by Devin Alfaro 3 comments Neither the author nor Spacing necessarily agrees with posted comments Spacing reserves the right to edit or delete comments entirely See our Comment Policy William Raillant Clark 4 years ago I read your article carefully but I m not sure what you are

    Original URL path: http://spacing.ca/montreal/2011/07/18/mixite-sociale-in-defence-of-gentrification/ (2015-11-17)
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