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.
The book is available at independent bookstores and Chapters/Indigo stores throughout Canada and online through Amazon.ca, which will ship to the US.
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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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Leger Marketing-Le Devoir Gives Tom Mulcair Big Lead over Rivals
Today's big news is a new poll by a major polling firm here which shows Tom Mulcair and the NDP consolidating their position in the hearts (and voting intentions) of Quebeckers. It's great news and a good reason to come to the barbecue being organized by NDP Outremont on the Monday of the long Fête nationale weekend. You'll get a chance to congratulate Tom in person as well as celebrate a peculiarly Quebec holiday.
When: Monday, June 25, 2012 from 4 to 7 p.m. Where: Mount Royal Park near Beaver Lake Organization: The Outremont Riding Association will provide meat, bread and Quebec strawberries. Please bring drinks, salads and desserts to share with your friends.
Come with friends and family! And wear orange!! (The barbecue will be free, but donations will be happily accepted). Will be cancelled for heavy rain or thunderstorm.