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  1. ahh, the high-ride-hell that is western downtown.

    Hey spacing, When will we get the intelligent commentary to go with the photos? It was one of the things that made spacing useful. Any tool can post photos to a blog, but it takes intelligence to add intelligent commentary..

  2. Spacing Montréal is entirely volunteer-run. Posting photos of interesting things from around the city is an easy way to ensure that there are regular updates even when we don’t have the time/energy/inspiration to write an in-depth article.

    If you think you can do a better job, then feel free to send us a sample of your writing. We are always looking for new contributors. 

  3. I grew up in the house at left (,-73.628612&spn=0,0.064802&z=15&layer=c&cbll=45.481295,-73.631312&panoid=uaCqrqCkfvmZJfb3cCKtvQ&cbp=12,102.12,,0,-7.37) which used to look just like the house at right.

    In the back there is a huge backyard (,-73.631058&spn=0,0.064802&z=15&layer=c&cbll=45.480846,-73.630899&panoid=Gtbb_Yp–qmEMfE5REptRg&cbp=12,13.51,,2,-1.47) which had a good view on this appartment block (,-73.631058&spn=0,0.064802&z=15&layer=c&cbll=45.480846,-73.630899&panoid=Gtbb_Yp–qmEMfE5REptRg&cbp=12,53.56,,0,-9.57).

    Playing in the backyard, I thought that living in a high-rise must be fantastic…

    It wasn’t until 30 years later that I finally moved-in into a high-rise, and I did not dislike the experience and would do it again.

  4. I think only one building in that picture is over 35 meters. In today’s world, that picture would be better titled mid-rise living.

  5. Montreal is an overwhelmingly low-rise city with most buildings in the historic neighbourhoods being between two and four stories. The western part of downtown is one of the few mainly residential neighbourhoods where anything significantly higher is the norm. These buildings might be low compared to what you find in Hong Kong or Manhattan, but by local standards I’d say that they are high-rises. 

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