Sunday, December 18, 2005
Photos taken around 9:30 in the morning of this Friday's snowstorm. Below, the drifts by my front door; above, the view from my front room window. About 20 cm had fallen in little more than an hour; about as much again was yet to fall. Yet the view is about as pristine as daylight afforded. Soon people would be shovelling their stairs and digging their cars out (some have already, presumably to go to work: two students of mine said they spent four hours in traffic jams that day). Ploughs (except for the little ones that do the sidewalks) haven't come by even now as I write.
These walk-ups, by the way, are humble examples of "Montreal vernacular" architecture. Far more spectacular streets of twisting spiral staircases, ornate balconies and funky cornices exemplary of the style are just blocks away... but this street is pretty typical of the Plateau and Mile-End areas of the city. (To see more Montreal architecture -- a major reason I enjoy living in this "ville des balcons" [city of balconies] -- check out this webshots site. Click on "View Slideshow" and you'll get a virtual "tour de ville".)