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Devon Willis

A Farewell to The Grid, From Devon Willis

by Devon Willis

Much has happened since I began as a blogger for The Grid in January 2013. When I joined the team, I had just graduated from my bachelor’s degree and was in the process of applying to jobs and graduate schools. I have si... Read article

Summer in Montréal, Canada: My Living Room Just Got a Whole Lot Bigger

by Devon Willis

I decided to take this blog post, my last for The Grid, to the field, literally and metaphorically. I am sitting in Parc Laurier, a park close to my home in Montréal’s Plateau neighbourhood. I have gone back to basics, p... Read article

Bicycle Theft in Montréal, Canada

by Devon Willis

This is a very appropriate week for me to be writing a blog post about bicycle theft in Montréal. Last week, someone took my bell and my lights right off of my bike in the middle of downtown. I am an avid cyclist; I bike... Read article

Pedestrians, Cyclists and Public Transit Users: Big Spenders

by Devon Willis

I often do my shopping by bicycle, but regularly find it difficult to find a safe place to lock my bike on commercial strips in the city. While some businesses have taken it upon themselves to install bicycle racks, o... Read article

An Update on the Reconstruction of the Turcot Interchange in Montréal, Canada

by Devon Willis

In December 2011, a former Grid blogger, Yosef Robinson, wrote a piece about the reconstruction of the Turcot Interchange, a major highway junction in Montreal, Canada. The original proposal came about as the aging infra... Read article

Public Spaces in a Winter City: Montreal, Canada

by Devon Willis

Montreal is transformed by the seasons. During our hot summers, bars and terraces overflow with people, festivals bring crowds to the streets, and public spaces brim with locals and tourists. Winter is a different st... Read article

Cross-border Transportation: Moving between Canada and the United States

by Devon Willis

I travel to the United States. Like most Canadian cities, Montreal sits just one hour from the American border, and just six hours (by car) from New York City. However, it is not all that easy a trek to make. One can, of... Read article

Aging Among Friends: The Need To Make Cities Places For The Young– And The Aging

by Devon Willis

As in many cities, Montreal has a need to create neighborhoods in which residents are able to age in place. Many of Montreal’s suburban areas are places where families settle in, children grow up, and parents continue to... Read article

The 10-Minute Neighbourhood: City vs. Suburb

by Devon Willis

A year ago, I lived in the Plateau-Mt. Royal neighbourhood of Montreal, Canada. One of the most densely populated parts of the city and a former working class neighbourhood, over the past few decades it has arguabl... Read article

Traffic Signals on the Scale of Cyclists in Montreal, Canada

by Devon Willis

As a part of its plans to invest in sustainable transportation, Montreal has built several bicycle lanes over the years. However, traffic signals for bicycles have yet to follow in many neighbourhoods. Although there are... Read article

A New Bike Coalition in Montréal, Canada

by Devon Willis

Montreal is awash with bicycling advocacy groups. In recent months another group has formed: the Montreal Bike Coalition, an initiative of the Mile End neighbourhood community organization “Ruepublique” (literally, p... Read article

From Carpooling to Transit: A Multimodal Carpooling Application in Montréal, Canada

by Devon Willis

In low-density environments, carpooling has long been touted as a sustainable transportation alternative. However, in practice it is difficult to realize. Rarely do multiple people have the same origin and destination – ... Read article

Two Wheels, Four Seasons: Winter Cycling in Montreal, Canada

by Devon Willis

Montreal, Canada is a winter city. From November to March (and sometimes even April) the city grows cold, the days are short and it snows - sometimes a lot. Even so, in recent years cycling in winter months has increased... Read article

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