While visiting MONTREAL last week we were surprised to see two-toned city taxis with a large “bonjour” on both sides. “The taxis are our ambassadors to the city,” said AREL SALEM, chair of the Taxi Bureau. “At the very least, people can now easily spot one.” The new paint job and logo costs about $1500., and the drivers themselves are paying the bill. Visitors take notice, it’s an expensive idea, and the city should chip in. <PHOTO ABOVE – Ross Winter>
Canada’s second busiest rapid transit system – and without a doubt, the most beautiful – is just waiting to be photographed. The combination of colour, concrete, murals, tiles, and the rubber-tired blue trains themselves present commuters with a visual feast. <PHOTO ABOVE – Rush Hour at McGill station, 2010, Alexcaban, Wikipedia><ABOVE – a train leaving DE LA SAVANE station> CHRIS FORSYTH is working on a ‘Metro Project’, a personal exploration of the art and architecture of subway stations around the world. From Montreal’s Brutalist creations to Stockholm’s hand-painted bedrock caves, to Berlin and Munich, each one of them communicates a unique atmosphere – something different – a product of design.<ABOVE – LASALLE station><ABOVE – CHAMP-DE-MARS><JEAN-TALON><SHERBROOKE – ABOVE><LANGELIER station> . . . . . For more underground photography by Chris Forsyth, spend some time here and see what he’s doing – https://www.chrismforsyth.com/themetroproject . . . and when in MONTREAL be sure to ride the Metro, which serves a wide variety of neighbourhoods.
QS, headquartered in the United Kingdom, has elevated MONTREAL to the #1 spot on its list of Best Student Cities in the World. The rankings are based on the student mix, desirability, employer activity, affordability and the opinions and experiences of students. VANCOUVER was the only other Canadian city in the Top 10 list at #10. Ben Sowter of the QS Intelligence Unit – “For Montreal and other Canadian cities, the actual experience that people are having when they go there is much more positive than the imagination or expectation of it before they go.”
Meanwhile, the University of TORONTO has noticed a surge in the number of Americans visiting its website – http://www.future.utoronto.ca – since Donald Trump’s election. U of T is consistently ranked one of the top 10 public universities in the world. https://www.utoronto.ca/news/u-t-named-best-global-university-canada-21st-world-us-news-world-report