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Canadian Lessons for Winter Cities


As the mercury begins to rise above zero in many Canadian cities in March, it’s tempting to pretend that we’ll never again have to bundle up and suffer through frozen-numb faces and temperatures colder than Mars. Though probably required to alleviate our collective cabin fever, in reality about one quarter of our lives in northern cities is spent dealing with winter and its many discontents. This annual recurrence of snow and slush, blizzards and black ice, has largely and traditionally been ignored by urban planners and designers whose work tends to focus on making our cities and spaces livable and functional for only three quarters of the year. Lately, however, a movement has been gaining momentum that is challenging this seasonal myopia and is seeking innovative solutions to combat this oversight.

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Look Up to Find the People in Downtown Minneapolis

By Jake Tobin Garrett

I found myself in the city of Minneapolis, Minnesota this past summer during the kind of weather that is more like a setting on an oven than anything natural. This extreme heat was combined with enough humidity that meant you didn’t so much as walk down the street as do the breast stroke. I, however, and hundreds of others, were perfectly fine as we strolled around downtown Minneapolis, nary a drop of sweat on our bodies. How did we accomplish this?

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