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Montreal: A Citizen's Guide to City Politics

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Size: 
352 pages
ISBN: 
978-1-55164-779-1
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Year: 
2021
Price:
$24.99 (CAD)

World cities face persistent tension between the pull of globalization and the needs of citizens. Conventional political parties present milquetoast solutions that accommodate the interests of business. Meanwhile, citizens in cafes, meeting halls, on the streets, and now in virtual forums are rising to the challenge of imagining new and radical municipal policy from the ground up. This book explores the future of Montreal’s citizens’ movements at a moment defined by the threats of pandemic, austerity, housing speculation and insecurity, and racism. It pairs contemporary analysis with an exploration of Montreal’s rich municipal history. The editors of A Citizen’s Guide to City Politics gathered more than twenty activists, urban planners, and thinkers to address the major problems facing Montrealers and propose alternatives from a citizen's perspective. Municipal movements everywhere will see their own struggles reflected in this guide and will find inspiration for debate and action.

 

What People Are Saying

"Bravo! A hard-hitting exploration of Montreal issues just in time for the city’s 2021 election. Progressive yet non-partisan. Full of savvy on what city hall could do about climate change, public transit, policing, tax-system reform, sprawl, the REM, democratic reform and tenants rights. Initiates a needed discussion on repositioning Montreal in a post-pandemic world." Henry Aubin, journalist and author of the 1977 bestseller Les vrais propriétaires de Montréal, published by Éditions l’Étincelle

 

About the Editors

Eric Shragge taught community organizing and development at Concordia and now works with Mostafa Henaway as an organizer at the Immigrant Workers Centre. Jason Prince is an urban planner and social economy expert who teaches at Concordia University in Montreal.

 

Table of Contents

Introduction - Mostafa Henaway, Jason Prince, and Eric Shragge

Preface - Luc Ferrandez

Montreal, between Oral Tradition and Historical Archives - Eric Pouliot-Thisdale

Power and the City - Mostafa Henaway, Jason Prince, and Eric Shragge

PART I. NATURE AND THE CITY

Despair and Hope: A Story of Montreal’s Natural Spaces - Patrick Barnard

Montreal's COVID-19 Pandemic: A Crisis of Inequality - Elizabeth Leier

Montreal’s Changing Climate: There Is No Turning Back - Joey El-Khoury

PART II. MOVING IN THE CITY

Debating Public Transit: What about a Regional Tramway? - Luc Gagnon and Jean-François Lefebvre

F*** the Car: A New Vision for Transport in the Montreal Region - Jason Prince

Beyond Critical Mass: Scaling up Bike Infrastructure in Montreal - Bartek Komorowski

Streets That Breathe—Controlling Cars - Claire Morissette

PART III. PLANNING THE CITY

Solidarity Architecture and Social Urbanism - Christelle Proulx Cormier and Ron Rayside

The Reconstruction of Montreal’s Chabanel District - Mostafa Henaway and Norma Rantisi

PART IV. THE ECONOMY AND THE CITY

The City as Sweatshop - Mostafa Henaway

The Social Economy and the City - Jason Prince

PART V. HOUSING THE CITY

Municipal Government: Ally or Adversary of Montreal’s Co-operative Housing Sector? - Jacob Ryan

Community Housing: Leveraging Our Collective Assets - Jean-Pierre Racette

How to Fight Your Landlord: Gentrification and Tenant Organizing in Montreal - Jon Milton

PART VI. GOVERNING THE CITY

Power and City Hall - Linda Gyulai

Consultation, Participation, or Power: What’s in It and for Whom? - Eric Shragge

PART VII. SOCIAL JUSTICE AND THE CITY

Contesting Racism: Challenging Policing in Montreal, An Interview - Robyn Maynard

Whose City? Claiming Justice for Indigenous Peoples - Christopher Curtis

Pushing Municipal Boundaries: Experiences of Montreal’s Immigrant Workers Centre - Cheolki Yoon

PART VIII. UPPITY 'HOODS AND THE CITY

Milton Parc: Grabbing and Keeping Community Control - Nathan McDonnell

Pointe-Saint-Charles: Legacies and Continuity - Jocelyne Bernier and Cédric Glorioso-Deraiche

Montréal-Nord: Community Power Catalyzed by Hoodstock - Rushdia Mehreen, Mzwandile Poncana, and Will Prosper

Final Word: Prenons la ville! - Mostafa Henaway, Jason Prince, and Eric Shragge

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