Montreal Monday: What’s a neighbourhood?, shoebox houses, traffic calming plan

Each Monday, we bring you some of the popular posts from our sister blog, Spacing Montréal. We’ll keep an eye open for topics and discussions that are pertinent to current public space issues in Toronto.

Alanah Heffez asks what a neighbourhood is and wonders why some retain a strong identity, while others lack a sense of place or name.

• Christopher DeWolf talks about the interesting flat-roofed one-storey houses called shoebox houses — or, as one Urbanphoto commenter calls them, “hobbit houses.” Read about DeWolf’s mixed feelings about the houses being knocked down for new condominium developments.

• The Plateau-Mont-Royal borough released a new traffic plan that is designed to cut down traffic in and through the borough and create a better environment for pedestrians, cyclists and public transit.Chris Erb outlines some highlights included in the plan.

Image crossposted from Urbanphoto

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