Now Available: Making Waves, The Continuing Portuguese Adventure
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The Walkable City Keeps on Going: New Review in the Canadian Literature
"Soderstrom would readily admit that her general argument in favour of pedestrian-friendly communities is not a new one: walkability is a firmly established principle of sustainability-oriented planning. However, the book serves as a fine, up-to-date introduction to this still-pertinent issue. Soderstrom’s judiciously selective overview of the history of walking and its changing place in urban life (from Roman settlements to nineteenth-century Paris to post-war North American suburbs to newer master-planned communities in Brazil and Singapore) makes engaging, informative reading for the generalist or readers new to the topic." Maia Joseph in Canadian Literature: A Quarterly of Criticsm and Review.
The Walkable City Gets Praise from Urbanist Christopher Leinberger
"Mary Soderstrom's The Walkable City addresses one of the most important environmental, economic, social, public health and foreign policy issues of our day that is also the most unexpected and simplest; building walkable urban places. Using an approach I personally enjoy, taking a long historical perspective from pre-history through the various ages of city building, Ms. Soderstrom demonstrates that we as a civilization know how to build walkable cities. We just have to speed up our efforts." Christopher Leinberger, The Brookings Institution
The Walkable City: Haussmann's Boulevards to Jane Jacobs Street
Now available from independent booksellers and on Amazon.ca. Véhicule Press. ISBN: 978-1-55065-243-7
Mary on that other revolutionary Malcolm, Malcolm Gladwell
Kim Barry Brunhuber seems to like The Violets of Usambara a lot: his review "These diamonds are a girl's worst enemy" appeared in The Globe and Mail Saturday, June 14, 2008. He says "the novel is a wonderfully matter-of-fact portrayal of two pragmatic characters struggling to find themselves and reconnect with each other." Check it out.
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Green City, Mary Soderstrom's Take on the Green Paradox
One of The Globe and Mail's 100 Best Books of 2007
Mary Soderstrom est une écrivaine montréalais qui s'intéresse à la chose politique depuis bien longtemps. Québécoise et canadienne d'adoption, elle est anglophone, donc vos corrections de son français seront très bienvenus.
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Satuday Photo: Zen and the Art of Spring Gardening
Actually I think the stone statute isn't Japanese but is a kind of inukshuk, those Inuit signs of greeting. But the minalist balance of this spring garden is quite lovely, whatever the inspiration.
The violets have taken over our front yard, and while the flowes are lovely, once the blooms are gone I intend to do a major clear-out in order to have room for other plants. As I fussed a bit in front this morning, one of my Hassidic neighbors asked about weeds in the garden: she says she's got a terrible problem with her mostly-grass front garden. I had to think a minute abaout how to phrase what I have. No, I don't really have weeds, except for a few maple seedlings which have to be pulled up each spring. But invasive plants can be rather agressive and must be treated with some force at times!