car free day
september 22nd, as many of you know, was world car free day. more than a thousand cities participated, although enthusiasm seems to be waning in some places, especially france. montreal celebrated for the second time, closing a portion of downtown ste-catherine street and part of mont-royal avenue on the plateau. it's helped raise awareness of sustainable transportation, but the future of the street closures be threatened by grumblings from the downtown business association, which complains that banning cars from a few blocks of ste-catherine for five hours on a weekday seriously hurts business. i'd like to see some statistics to back that up, but hey.
a close-up to drive home the absurdity (this is houston, by the way):
the car freedom ended at mcgill college avenue, where downtown traffic chaos resumed.
post-car free day
yesterday afternoon was hot, sunny and great all around. after class i wandered around.
montreal does that to people.
sundown in mile end
okay, so this wasn't actually yesterday's sunset, but it does the job: