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Montréal Monday: Montréal’s missing beaches, new recycling bins at the Jean-Talon Market, and odd things around the Darling Foundry

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Each Monday, Spacing will 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.

• Before World War II there were more than 20 beaches across Montréal, now only a few remain. In his post, Montréal’s missing beaches, Christopher DeWolf looks at the lack of accessibility to the city’s waterways, and muses about the re-creation of Montréal’s sandy shores as a means of getting people back in the water.

• With the arrival of a new set of recycling bins in Jean-Talon market, Christopher DeWolf questions why the bins haven’t been installed citywide to replace those removed from Montréal’s streets a few years ago. Since 2004, Montréal has been without citywide public recycling bins.

• The Darling Foundry, an eclectic art centre, is surrounded by imaginative installations and public space interventions. With the post odd things around the Darling Foundry, Chris Erb notes how some of these pieces contribute to the surrounding Griffintown neighbourhood (such as the fierce billboard pictured above).

Photo by Chris Erb