Joel is an urban planner by profession, specialized in project management and environmental planning, who was most recently working on the Quartier des spectacles project in downtown Montreal. He is particularly interested in ecological governance and the role of cities in sustainable development. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Urban Policy at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.

The Regionalist: Is Regionalism an Ideology?

The recent (and current) discussions regarding the MMC’s proposed regional land-use and development plan have exposed (but not... Read More

Taking Responsibility for the Quartier des spectacles Bike Path Debacle

Paul Arcand, the radio show host, often characterizes Montreal as the city-where-no-one-ever-takes-responsibility. Yet, there are... Read More

The Regionalist: Why Haphazard Urban Development is a Moral Failure

Two weeks ago, I wrote an Op-Ed which was published in La Presse and which stirred some controversy – at least in the... Read More

The Regionalist: Recreation Beyond Degradation

I recently came upon a fascinating book titled “The ecological basis of planning”, which is basically a series of essays... Read More

The Regionalist: Do we need a new “new regionalism”?

So it looks like the real reason IQT Solutions shut down its Laval operation (in addition to its operations in Trois-Rivières and... Read More

Walk the region: Laval à l’image de Montréal

Lorsqu’on marche Laval de long en large, on se rend compte que plusieurs des préjugés sur l’île Jésus sont erronés... Read More

Le MTQ peut-il s’inspirer de la gestion des entraves dans le Quartier des spectacles?

Le projet du Quartier des spectacles jouit d’une très grande visibilité, ce qui fait sorte que le moindre problème de gestion... Read More

The Regionalist: Does Montreal Need a Belt?

The analogy of the “belt” which is used to describe the way in which cities around the round have tried to contain and/or... Read More

Is urban agriculture a fad?

Based on the history of urban agriculture in North America, it would be appear not. Although it has only recently started to make... Read More