Category Archive: English

514 vs. 450

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One of the reasons that I take part in Walk the Region is to re-examine the prejudices we sometimes hold about our city. Many of us Montrealers associate “the 514” – which is to… Continue reading

EVENT: Planning the route for Walk the Region 2013

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  If you were to plan a pilgrimage across the Montreal metropolitan area, what sites and places would be essential stops along the way? We’re gearing up for the 3rd edition of Walk… Continue reading

Montreal’s Invisible Places: The Good Suburbs?

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In my experience, our identities tend to fracture along urban, suburban and rural divisions. While I’m a passionate Montrealer, the idea of belonging to a place that includes the Dix30 conjures waves of… Continue reading

Montreal’s Invisible Places: Montréal-Nord

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I am ashamed to say that, before Walk the Region this year, I had never been to Montreal North. Like many Montrealers, my first impression of the borough was forged in 2008, when police shot… Continue reading

Montreal’s Invisible Places: Kahnawake

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This year, the theme for Walk the Region was “Invisible places,” and perhaps no place in the region is quite as invisible as the Kahnawake Mohawk territory. I understand that Kahnawake is not officially… Continue reading

Announcing Walk the Region 2012 edition

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Now in it’s second year, Walk the Region is a three-day, 70km expedition on foot across Montreal’s metropolitan region, which will take place June 30-July 2, 2012. Last year, the Montreal Metropolitan Community finally… Continue reading

Walk the Region: Density, Proximity, Intricacy, Intimacy

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When I began blogging about Walk the Region a couple weeks ago, I was pretty honest about my revulsion towards places like Laval and the Dix30, although I have really only glimpsed them… Continue reading

Walk the Region!

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Joel Thibert Nearly a century has passed since Benton MacKaye wrote The New Exploration: A Philosophy of Regional Planning, in which he called upon urban planners of policy-makers to firmly situate the city in… Continue reading