Well, Thank heavens for that

Montreal’s many benches make people welcome

It would be easy to write off this city that separatism almost destroyed, but make no mistake about it, it’s alive and well.

Phew. This whole time I thought Montreal was stuck somewhere between the second and third circles of hell. Luckily the Toronto Star exists to ensure us this isn’t the case. Thanks Toronto!


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Well, Thank heavens for that

  1. The benches are nice, but Montreal is more than benches. It is still Canada’s premier city because it has something else that Toronto lacks–a soul.

  2. I’m willing to bet Toronto would send Christopher Hume to Montreal in exchange for a few benches…

  3. Benches. A new theory to explain the Montreal vibe. Not one that had occurred to me. Benches. Yes.

  4. Yeah. Hume is famously obtuse among urbanists in Toronto. You can have him…

  5. When I was in Montreal last month, I got to experience the famous Montreal benches as a tourist, and let me tell you, it’s true what the Star says. Locals to the area may not appreciate them, but when you sit down on a Montreal bench, it’s like the very world is your footrest and oh god I can’t keep this up that article was really stupid.

  6. Hume, that so-called urbanist, should read Jane Jacobs’ 1980 book “the Question of Separatism: Quebec and the Struggle over Separation”. I have the first edition of that book, passed down to me.

    Jacobs, the most famous urbanist of all, basically makes a convincing case that Quebec sovereignty would be the best thing that would happen to Montreal.

    Staying in Canada has destroyed Montreal, not separatism.

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