But for the children, we have forgotten doors – Montreal Walls – Twenty-Five

See more of Montreal Walls... Another quiet back alley on Le Plateau Mont-Royale with nature growing in any crack it can find, except on this sunlight space. Was it cleared by the homeowner? Why? Perhaps cleared to allow some children room to play with chalk on the wall. regardless, it opens the conversation of the … Continue reading But for the children, we have forgotten doors – Montreal Walls – Twenty-Five

Looming Multiculturalism – Montreal Walls – Twenty-four

See more of Montreal Walls... Montreal is truly multicultural, like most cosmopolitan cities, I suppose. Without looking very hard, you can see and experience a little over every part of the world here. The Plateau is a very European feeling district of the island, and it houses... well, a sample of almost everyone. I've seen … Continue reading Looming Multiculturalism – Montreal Walls – Twenty-four

Dis-appreciated – Montreal Walls – Twenty-Three

See more of Montreal Walls... Heading east on boul. Mont-Royale, where some of the boutiques thin and are replaced with sporadic, ethnic bistros and less charming shops (pharmacies, convenience stores, and liquor shops) you come across a small roadside park with a water fountain. The park is beautifully maintained, as are the buildings around it... … Continue reading Dis-appreciated – Montreal Walls – Twenty-Three

Urban Stories – Montreal Walls – Twenty-Two

See more of Montreal Walls... Take a look through a few travel guides for what might be considered signature sights of Montreal and you will undoubtedly find reference to the spiralling, metal staircases on the outsides of many of our urban residences. Le Plateau de Montreal is an excellent place to find many, many examples … Continue reading Urban Stories – Montreal Walls – Twenty-Two

Neighbourhood Watcher – Montreal Walls – Twenty-one

See more of Montreal Walls... She lives on the only remaining clean wall in a small back alleyway behind commercial buildings on the bricked-up sides of Montreal's 1930s version of brownstone housing, on Le Plateau-Mont-Royale. She's looking West-ish towards the encroaching darkness as the sun sets on the streets and this back alley, as if … Continue reading Neighbourhood Watcher – Montreal Walls – Twenty-one

All The Perspectives – Montreal Walls – Twenty

See more of Montreal Walls... The following dozen or so photos were all taken on a day spent with my amazing daughter, walking around Le Plateau de Montreal (off boul. Mont-Royale). I had intended looking for the decaying walls I often found in the core of downtown Montreal or on the Old Port, but I … Continue reading All The Perspectives – Montreal Walls – Twenty

Below the Waterline – Montreal Walls – Eighteen

See more of Montreal Walls... The day was blisteringly hot and the river was churned by the strong winds I was rowing against; my phone, my only camera, and the possibility of success greatly hindered by the constant water spray, blinding sunlight, and unsteady preach of the kayak where I sat to take this shot. … Continue reading Below the Waterline – Montreal Walls – Eighteen

Whitewashing – Montreal Walls – Seventeen

See more of Montreal Walls... Living in the Northeast of Canada has it's pros and cons... weather is usually a lot of both, especially here in Montreal where we can have dramatic weather systems changing throughout any given day, as well as vast temperature fluctuations between days. This adds a specific kind of challenge to … Continue reading Whitewashing – Montreal Walls – Seventeen

Walls of Time – Montreal Walls – Sixteen

See more of Montreal Walls... Red brick walls fascinate me and I'm not entirely sure I know why, much less really want to unpack why they do. I think it has to do with the organic mix of colours and textures that appear in time on the bricks. They seem to start out in a … Continue reading Walls of Time – Montreal Walls – Sixteen

Urban Renewal – Montreal Walls – Fifteen

See more of Montreal Walls... Down from the Basilica on Francois Xavier in Old Montreal, you can get a glimpse of both the amazing bricks used in construction over a hundred years ago and how the city developers have preserved the facades of old buildings. Juxtaposed with these old facades are very modern additions that … Continue reading Urban Renewal – Montreal Walls – Fifteen