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Close-up of silver Bixi bike share bikes parked at a station in Montreal, Quebec, Canada with blurred person on bike riding away in background.

Montreal Shatters Stereotypes on Cold Weather Biking

A combination of infrastructure, connectivity, and quality equipment has made the Canadian city’s bike share system successful despite frigid winters and challenging geography.

March 21, 2024 - Strong Towns

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Montreal Developers Prefer to Pay Rather Than Build Affordable Housing

Housing advocates say a 2021 bylaw aimed at building more affordable housing units is too lenient, letting developers opt out by paying a fee some consider too low.

August 24, 2023 - Vice

A map of the Réseau Express Métropolitain where it cuts across the Montreal region.

New REM Light Rail Launches in Montreal

The first day of public service on the Réseau Express Métropolitain (REM) light rail route was marred by a closure and delays.

August 1, 2023 - Montreal Gazette

Pedestrians walk down car-free Mont-Royal Avenue next to green outdoor dining kiosks in Montreal, Canada

Car-Free Montreal Street Hailed as Success

A summer pedestrianization project is widely popular with residents and local businesses.

July 13, 2023 - The Globe and Mail

Blue sign with white gas pump symbol with electric plug and "EV"

Plan for U.S.-Canada EV Corridor Announced

U.S. and Canadian officials revealed plans for an electric vehicle charging network that will connect Kalamazoo and Quebec City with EV chargers every 50 miles.

May 19, 2023 - Detroit Free Press

Montreal Light Rail

Big Light Rail Expansion Planned in Montreal

Montreal officials recently announced details of a major expansion of the Réseau express métropolitain (REM).

December 25, 2020 - CBC

great lakes

Opinion: Climate Change Has Brought the 'Era of Extreme' to the Great Lakes

Severe flooding in these coastal areas will become the norm, but how to best address the environmental challenges is not entirely clear.

February 21, 2020 - The New York Times

Commercial and Retail Uses

Analysis: Parking Won't Save Struggling Commercial Corridors

Research suggests that more and more parking won't solve the woes of struggling commercial corridors, even if it's difficult for business owners located on those corridors to believe.

February 12, 2020 - Local Logic

St-Denis Street Montreal

Montreal Vacancies Leave Commercial Corridors Struggling

Areas like St-Denis Street used to be bustling shopping destinations, but a shift in recent years has resulted in many empty storefronts.

January 27, 2020 - Montreal Gazette

Montreal, Quebec

SUVs Pay More to Park in Montreal

The CBC News reports on a plan to charge more for sports utility vehicles (SUVs) to park in the Plateau-Mont-Royal borough of Montreal, following a model provided by other boroughs in the city.

November 13, 2019 - CBC News

Feather River Dam

N.Y.C. Looking at Deal for Canadian Hydroelectricity

The city is considering a contract to purchase hydroelectricity from Quebec and might also provide funding for the energy infrastructure.

November 12, 2019 - Politico

Toronto GO Transit

In Canada, Suburban Transit-Oriented Development on the Rise

Transit expansions are providing incentives to companies to locate outside of city centers, upending traditional housing, work, and commute patterns.

August 6, 2019 - The Globe and Mail

Société de transport de Montréal

Montreal and Quebec Work Together to Build Tramway and Pink Line

City officials from Quebec's two biggest cities have reached an agreement to try to improve transit across the region.

July 6, 2019 - CBC

Montreal, Quebec

20-20-20: Montreal Sets New Goals for Inclusionary Zoning

Montreal Mayor Valerie Plante is championing a new approach to inclusionary zoning, recently released in draft form to the public.

June 15, 2019 - Montreal Gazette

Canada

Montreal Rolling Out Ambitious Expansion of its Bicycle Lane Network

Five new bike lanes will create the new Express Bicycle Network in Montreal.

June 14, 2019 - CTV News Montreal

City of Montreal

Montreal Plan to Ban Cars From Major Park Doesn't Stick

Following a fatal collision between a motorist and a competitive cyclist, Montreal tried closing a stretch of roadway through Mount Royal Park. The pilot encountered fierce opposition.

April 19, 2019 - CityLab

Montreal, Quebec

Montreal Street Reconfiguration Could Remove Parking, and Businesses Aren't Happy

The city of Montreal will spend $123 million on the first phase of a project to revamp Ste-Catherine Street, removing 140 on-street parking locations in the process. More parking spots could follow.

November 22, 2018 - Montreal Gazette

egislative Assembly of Ontario

The Cost of Ending Cap and Trade in Ontario: $3 Billion

The fallout from Ontario Premier Doug Ford's decision to pull the province from the Western Climate Initiative, a cap-and-trade program linked with Quebec and California.

October 16, 2018 - The Star

Bonaventure Expressway

Montreal's Bonaventure Expressway Removal and Redevelopment Earns Recognition

More than one-half mile of elevated expressway was demolished in the heart of downtown Montréal to make way for a spectacular ground-level urban boulevard and over six acres of continuous public space, bookended by two monumental sculptures.

September 24, 2018 - Canadian Architect magazine

Montreal, Quebec

A 'Rental Renaissance' in Montreal

A city known for relatively low rents is gaining an influx of market rate and luxury rental units.

July 11, 2018 - Montreal Gazette

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