Kiss me with rain on your eyelashes,
come on, let us sway together,
under the trees, and to hell with thunder.”
― Edwin Morgan,
Started out at Bridge and Wellington. I wasn’t sure if Bridge south of Wellington was considered part of The Point or not so I figured if I went out as far as the Black Rock I would have all my bases covered. (1)
I love Rain.
Small section of track that was never pulled. Makes me think of when I worked on the railroad in British Columbia. We had rain gear and didn’t get wet being outside all day and our biggest problem was how to smoke cigarettes and joints without getting them wet. Good times. (7)
It’s a strange field
filled with ghost memories
of our industrial past
made possible by the prohibitive cost of dismantling steel and concrete silos.
It’s a strange place
awaiting a resurrection
as we delete the memories of ghosts
I have to admit I was never a brakeman, but as a section hand I have on a couple of occasions pulled open a switch for a train thus saving the actual brakeman from coming down out of the locomotive and doing it himself . One of those common completely against the rules courtesys that usually gets done in the middle of nowhere when no one is looking. I wonder how many ghosts have pulled this switch? (13)
If that billboard could only be moved a few hundred feet in either direction it would still be seen by thousands of drivers daily, yet would give us a dignified view of one of the most significant Irish memorials on the planet outside of Ireland. (20)
Back on Wellington, where I started, looking south. I can remember when that was a busy truck depot on the left, now it is all containers – efficiency, a concept that has killed zillions of opportunities worldwide. (22)
Former Bank of Montreal building turned into a residence/art/theater space by architect Pieter Sijpkes and also a very welcome home for the Point Saint Charles Community Theatre. Check it out because I have attended many excellent productions at a ridiculous low cost! It’s one of the best things in Montreal! (35)
And who art thou? said I to the soft-falling shower,
Which, strange to tell, gave me an answer, as here translated:
I am the Poem of Earth, said the voice of the rain,
Eternal I rise impalpable out of the land and the bottomless sea,
Upward to heaven, whence, vaguely form’d, altogether changed, and yet the same,
I descend to lave the drouths, atomies, dust-layers of the globe,
And all that in them without me were seeds only, latent, unborn;
And forever, by day and night, I give back life to my own origin, and make pure and beautify it;
(For song, issuing from its birth-place, after fulfilment, wandering,
Reck’d or unreck’d, duly with love returns.)
People in the Point got together and actually stopped Loto Quebec and Circque du Soleil from building a Casino here. It remains one of the most impressive citizen run community engagements in the history of the city. (44)
So the sky gets washed out, a belligerent white or a reluctant grey, but that asphalt comes alive, baby, that asphalt sure does come alive! (47)
Hate to harp on something but I am always struck by the apparent fragility of these kinds of steps, that take a pretty good beating in this climate, of course, it might not be a big deal, or expense, to replace them every so many years. (52)
Mixed emotions, the joggers are probably thinking, poor guy out in the rain, I am thinking, what, running for 12 minutes in some light rain makes you two some kind of Samurai sprinters? It’s not a friggin hurricane, ya know? We all moved on. (64)
The Point has an awkward layout, almost an anti-grid, but I tend to think its bus service is better than it once was, so the problem is that there just are not very many straight lines to a Metro station. (65)
Back on Wellington. I wonder about architectural influences, are dormers strictly Parisian?
And Wiki always has the answer!
One of the earliest uses of dormers was in the form of lucarnes, slender dormers which provided ventilation to the spires of gothic churches and cathedrals. An early example is the spire of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford.
Dormer windows have been used in domestic architecture in Britain since the 16th century. Dormer windows were popularised by architect Francois Mansart, who used dormers extensively in the Mansard roofs he designed for 17th-century Paris.
Today dormers are a widespread feature of pitched roof buildings.”
Into extra time following back on some blocks I missed the first time through, yep, actually did not walk this block first time around, going to do it now and work my way over to Centre street. 🙂 (79)
Into the home stretch. So, one question worth thinking about is whether or not these walks actually can increase your awareness of a certain district/neighborhood/ghetto/borough/etc?
I grew up in Verdun and have had certain ideas about The Point all my life (mostly good) so it may be unlikely that these walks will have changed my mind over some basic assumptions I may have. But time changes things, so have I noticed anything different?
You do get the feeling that there is a new middle class group that has found a home in this place, especially along the canal. There is absolutely no doubt that gentrification has had a major impact on The Point, yet, in many ways, it remains the same old working class place. You get a strong feeling of community here, and unlike other moving and grooving areas of Montreal, it does not feel like the lesser-thans are going to be tossed any time soon, that there is a willingness to cohabitate, or at least accept each other where you are. The Point remains one of the most interesting, beautiful, and down to earth places on the island of Montreal! (91)
And that’s it!
Every street in Point Saint Charles walked? Check!
Once again I couldn’t resist throwing in 3000 unnecessary links in my quest to discover how to do narrative in the age of hypertextuality (wink).
Not much else to say beyond that I am probably going to change my approach to blogging about these walks – less pictures, less links, less time spent searching lol.
Until the next time, take care!!