From the Sky

  • Illinois Cornfields under snow
    Various photos taken from commercial flights - March 2004 to date

Laval - Jour overture

  • Cremazie wall
    On April 28 2007, STM opened the long-awaited extension of the Orange Line from Henri Bourassa to Montmorency with three new stations, all in Laval. As much of a transportation geek as I am, I had never been on the opening day of a new train line. These are my photos from a trip that day, while carrying the 6 month old Giraffe in his backpack.

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22 September 2005



I like the big chains. They set a high bar for any new entrant. Anything that survives competition with the big chains in its category has to be *good*.

I'm happy to see the crappy neighborhood hardware stores go out of business in New York City as Home Depot starts to hit home. They're mostly dingy and expensive. They deserve to go out of business. Vive le category killer.

Likewise, the advent of Chipotle in NYC sets a high bar for any new Mexican joint.

Urban Wanderer

In many categories, the big boxes have the advantage of driving down price and driving out only poorer quality competitors.

The biggest negatives I have seen have been with food. And it is worse in Canada because there is no equivalent to Whole Foods or Trader Joes - all the big chains produce bland big box supermarkets.

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