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Mackay between Sherbrooke and de Maisonneuve

25 November 2009

“Just before 1800, between the rowhouses and the street channel an intermediary space was created in the form of the sidewalk. These sidewalks defined a pedestrian island separate from the increasingly crowded traffic of the street. [They] intensified the public aspect of the street – its use as a stage of activity and chance encounters .”

– Spiro Kostof, America by Design

long view at McKay - tracks in front of the Department of Philosophy

dance around the survey markers

We can see the process Kostof desribes still taking place in Montreal in the late nineteenth century. Here is a downtown street in 1895 with rowhouses right up against an unpaved street with wooden walkways along each side.

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