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Montréal Monday: Tree stump garden, Montréal in the 1950s and 1960s, and the Gazette wants Montréalers’ transit complaints

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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.

• As Sherwin Tjia was biking in the Plateau he noticed a large tree stump, filled with black soil and planted with greenery. Charmed by how the stump was lovingly reclaimed, Tjia decided to snap some pictures and share his find.

• The trailer for Luc Bourdon’s new film, La mémoire des anges, about life in Montréal during the 1950s and 1960s, provokes feelings of nostalgia as the trailer flashes images of an era when Montréal was self-assured and brash, a time that ended when the city entered a many decades long identity crisis.

The Gazette has launched a new weekly column called Squeaky Wheels. The column asks readers to send in questions about how the city’s transit agency, the STM, operates, and then has someone from the STM write a response. Although Christopher DeWolf sees the potential of the column to shed light on the work of the often taciturn transit body, he is also concerned that the column will result in nothing more than petty complaining.

Photo by Christopher DeWolf