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  1. Kilgore Trout

    Montréal Transit Developments

    There has been a concerted push in Quebec to name more things after women, and I'm sure that factored into the CDPQ's decision making. I don't doubt CTCUM planners avoided English names but the language situation isn't quite the same today as it was in the 70s and 80s, and the CDPQ is much less...
  2. Kilgore Trout

    Montréal Transit Developments

    I'm glad Begratto had a good experience on the Pie-IX SRB but I'm personally disappointed at how it turned out. There are no ticket machines at the stations, and most importantly, service is extremely limited in evenings and weekends. This was promised as a line offering metro-like service which...
  3. Kilgore Trout

    Montréal Transit Developments

    Not really. There are other English names on the REM line, like Kirkland, Sunnybrooke, Fairview, Griffintown, etc. My guess is that the planners wanted a station name with symbolic significance – Marie Curie was a woman who made world-changing scientific achievements. (It would have been fun if...
  4. Kilgore Trout

    Cycling infrastructure (Separated bike lanes)

    If you're in Montreal in the winter you'll notice far fewer plastic bollards because they're removed to make things easier for snow removal. This is also why Montreal doesn't use portable curbs as often – there are concerns they'll be damaged during snow clearance operations. But the city is...
  5. Kilgore Trout

    Over and Over and Over: HONG KONG

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/christopherdewolf some photos from a few rocks in the south china sea.
  6. Kilgore Trout

    I'm Moving to Hong Kong: 92 photos

    Many of these photos were taken in Mongkok, actually, and there are a few from Mid-Levels (which isn't much of an attraction --- it's a mostly residential area and not too interesting at street-level) and the Temple Street night market. Don't forget, I have many more photos coming...
  7. Kilgore Trout

    I'm Moving to Hong Kong: 92 photos

    Hong Kong's built environment is definitely not beautiful in any conventional way, but I actually like a lot of the buildings from the 1950s and 60s. They're well-proportioned and often very graceful, with rounded corners and stylish windows. They also meet the street in a very nice way.
  8. Kilgore Trout

    I'm Moving to Hong Kong: 92 photos

    I've been away for awhile. It's for good reason, I promise! First, in late February, my girlfriend and I took the train to New York, where we stayed with some family friends for a few days. Then we flew to Hong Kong, where we stayed until the first week of April, with a couple of weekends spent...
  9. Kilgore Trout

    Wayne and Shuster: City Golf, 1971

    Some of the gags are silly but, on the whole, I thought this was a pretty brilliant satire of a quintessentially suburban sport. Maybe I'm reading too much into it but, as others have noted, this particular sketch has a lot in common with today's flashmobs.
  10. Kilgore Trout

    A Week in Oil-Rich CALGARY, the Heart of the New West :: Part 1 of 3 :: 76 photos

    I've been to Ottawa and they're very similar cities in terms of scale and urbanity. Obviously Calgary is a lot more modern but it isn't any more suburban.
  11. Kilgore Trout

    A Week in Oil-Rich CALGARY, the Heart of the New West :: Part 1 of 3 :: 76 photos

    I was in Calgary two weeks ago to visit my family for a week. February is hardly the best time to wander around and time photos but, well, that's what I got. Now please enjoy these Oil-Rich Photos from Canada's Fastest Growing City, etc.
  12. Kilgore Trout

    City Hall may designate entire city as official tourism area

    Montreal ran into trouble when it tried to designate the entire length of St. Denis Street as a tourist zone, which would have completely de-regulated store hours. Nearby residents complained, somehow imagining that every store would be open 24 hours and the noise and crowds would be endless...
  13. Kilgore Trout

    A Weekened in Montreal's Most Far-Flung Suburb: BOSTON --- Part I of III

    I definitely understand what you mean. Montreal and Toronto are actually pretty comparable: they're both messy, ugly but creative and culturally dynamic.
  14. Kilgore Trout

    West Kowloon - Hong Kong

    So weird. It's like an island. I stayed in Sorrento for a week in 2005. The podium was empty and it felt like we were living in a fortress.
  15. Kilgore Trout

    A Weekened in Montreal's Most Far-Flung Suburb: BOSTON --- Part I of III

    Paris is a whole lot edgier and more creative than Boston...
  16. Kilgore Trout

    A Weekened in Montreal's Most Far-Flung Suburb: BOSTON --- Part I of III

    Yeah, it's the Sunset Grill & Tap. It sounds corny, and the decor is even cheesier, but it's worth it. I've been to Dieu du Ciel many times. It's very popular, especially with McGill and UdeM students, and hard to get a table on any night of the week. But it's worth it --- they have some...
  17. Kilgore Trout

    Montreal in October: These colours never seem to last --- Part II of III

    #47 (map) is Waverly Street in Mile End. The houses at the right are typical duplexes and triplexes (one or two apartments per floor). #54 (map) is indeed on the southern fringe of the Hasidic Jewish neighbourhood, which stretches north up Park Avenue and then west along Van Horne...
  18. Kilgore Trout

    Merry Christmas from Hong Kong

    I'm back in HK in March! I can't wait.
  19. Kilgore Trout

    Montreal in October: These colours never seem to last --- Part II of III

    It's been about a month since I posted the first part of my October Montreal photos. It's about time for the second, don't you think?
  20. Kilgore Trout

    The New Torontonians (book review)

    Canadian cities have always been a lot more complex and multifaceted than we assume. This is true for Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary, etc., but it's especially true for Toronto, which suffers from the myth that it was once an entirely homogenous backwater.

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