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.

Le goût de Montréal: chronique alimentaire d’un baby-boomer

Mon père est né en 1944, il n’est donc pas techniquement un baby-boomer. Mais alimentairement parlant, c’est tout comme: il a vécu... Read More

Why the demise of big box stores is not necessarily good news for main street shops

Considering that the SAQ announced last June that it would close two of its smaller outlets in the Southwest borough of Montreal... Read More

The Regionalist: Of francophones, condos and migration flows

I have to say I find the  phenomenon of “francophone flight” (to be a bit provocative) certainly very intriguing and also... Read More

The Regionalist: Of suburbs, genes and childhood memories

One of the most politically charged and ideologically loaded question in the field of metropolitan studies is that which concerns... Read More

Meet Liza Frulla, Mayoress-in-the-Making

The rumor has been circulating for a while among the city’s politicos, and since there’s been no denial on her part, we... Read More

L’adoption du PMAD à la quasi-unanimité: un faux consensus?

La nouvelle n’est plus très fraîche, mais cela ne peut pas faire de tort que de le répéter: le Plan métropolitain... Read More

The Regionalist: Are cosmopolitanism and regionalism fundamentally at odds?

___ There is an apparent contradiction, some would say, between the philosophical/ethical regionalist stance and cosmopolitanism... Read More

Legault peut-il mettre fin a plusieurs décennies de “montréalophobie” en politique provinciale?

___________ On croirait parfois, en observant le comportement des politiciens de la scène politique provinciale québécoise, que... Read More

Pourquoi “Occuper Montréal” n’occupe-t-il pas nos pensées?

Je ne sais pas ce qu’en pensent les lecteurs de Spacing, mais personnellement je trouve ça plutôt étrange que nous n’ayons... Read More

The Regionalist: Is “local” commerce morally defensible?

I argued in a recent post that regionalism is not an ideology (in the sense of an all-encompassing worldview) but rather an ethical... Read More