haha.. yes, that too! You know the one element of Montreal that always charms me is the stairs, the curved stairs, everywhere. It's such a enriching part of the city's architecture, to me. I like that these two join up. Talking about the city so much makes me miss it now!
Better take your time with missing MTL, it's just a giant brownish-gray puddle these days I also found these stairs extremely captivating, it actually started on google street view, when I was planning my move to this city. Even though I'm still seriously puzzled why we have them in a city that is covered in snow (outside stairs included of course) for a significant part of the year ...
Yes, it is kind of funny...but much architecture is funny for its impracticality. They just built some new rapid transit stations here, all fancy and impressive, but completely open to the elements and winds, in a city that yearly hosts temperatures of -20 and lower with 'we're not in Kansas anymore' winds! But it looks great!! LOL
I guess why I didn't move there is for the weather. It's either all cold and slippery and grey, or muggy and sticky, in my mind But I do love the culture there
I guess I'm opening the "general lament of our times" box now, but it never ceases to amaze me how much looks and appearance are valued (these days?), no matter how useful or acceptable function or "contents" are. Even though in the case of the outside stairs here, I have been told that the reason for them was not the romantic look but rather economical considerations, meaning more indoor space in the house. Which leaves me with the question why this should be a MTL concern only . Still working on finding an explanation ... As for the MTL climate, I'm afraid you're just plain right
At first, I thought: What a groovy kind of 'always' we're talking about here but then I tried to find out how old the concept of mass media might be. And, guess what, it dates back to about 1400 [link], which is indeed some kind of 'always', at least regarding what I was complaining about I'll keep my ears open, maybe one of the always-Montrealers in my street can shed light of the intriguing stairs question ... The 35 cm of snow from last week are very slowly melting now ... constant dripping from all the stairs and balconies and roof-gutter-less roofs, but it's wonderful