A Citizen's Guide to City Politics
Eric Shragge, Jason Prince and Mostafa Henaway, eds.

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A Citizen's Guide to City Politics: Montréal

Eric Shragge, Jason Prince and Mostafa Henaway, eds.


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World cities face persistent tension between the pull of globalization and the needs of citizens. While conventional political parties present milquetoast solutions that accommodate the interests of business, citizens in cafes, meeting halls, on the streets, and now in virtual forums are rising to the challenge of imagining new and radical municipal policy from the ground up. This book explores the future of Montreal’s citizens’ movements at a moment defined by the threats of pandemic, austerity, housing speculation and insecurity, and racism. It pairs contemporary analysis with an exploration of Montreal’s rich municipal history. The editors of A Citizen’s Guide to City Politics gathered more than twenty activists, urban planners, and thinkers to address the major problems facing Montrealers and propose alternatives from a citizen's perspective. Municipal movements everywhere will see their own struggles reflected in this guide and will find inspiration for debate and action.

Eric Shragge taught community organizing and development at Concordia and now works with Mostafa Henaway as an organizer at the Immigrant Workers Centre. Jason Prince is an urban planner and social economy expert who teaches at Concordia University in Montreal.

Table of Contents to be confirmed:

  • 1) Overview of the book
  • 2) Historical perspective: Native peoples displacement and the building of Montreal – Eric Pouliot Thisdale
  • Nature and the City
    • 3) Green Spaces – Patrick Bernard
    • 4) Environment and the City – Joey El Khoury
    • 5) Le Planete S’invite- Mobilization and the environment – Samuel 6)
    • Crisis and Inequality: Montreal’s COVID-19 Epidemic – Elizabeth Leier
  • Moving in the City
    • 7) Urban Transport – Gagnon and Lefebvre
    • 8) Urban Transit Bikes – Statement from Claire Morrissette from 1990
    • 9) Free Public Transit – Jason Prince
    • 10) Biking and neighbourhood calming in Montreal – Bartek Komorowski
  • Planning the City
    • 11) Frameworks for planning and its limits – Cedric Yargeau
    • 12) Planning from Below – Ron Rayside
    • 13) Place Making Planning and development of Chabanel as case of planning and private development – Norma Rantisi and Mostafa Henaway
  • Perspectives on Economic Development
    • 14) Social economy – Jason Prince
    • 15) Gig and Sharing Economies – Jason Prince
    • 16) The City as Sweatshop – Mostafa Henaway
  • Housing
    • 17) Coop housing-history and direction – Jake Ryan
    • 18) Current Housing Alternatives- Upping the Anti – Allan Gaudrault***
    • 19) Tenants and the city – Jon Milton
    • Governing the City
    • 20) Participation and Consultation – Eric Shragge
    • 21) Governance – Linda Guylai
  • Social Justice and the City – Building Counter-Power
    • 22) Race and Policing – Robin Maynard
    • 23) First Peoples and the city – Chris Reid***
    • 24) Beyond the tradition municipal boundaries $15 and hour campaign and , sanctuary city – Cheolki Yoon
  • Fighting Back Building Counter Power Uppity ‘Hoods
    • 25) Milton Park – Nathan McDonnell
    • 26) Pointe St Charles – Jocelyne Bernier and Cedric Glorioso-Deraiche
    • 27) Montreal North – Rushdia Mehreen, Mzwandile Poncana and Will Prosper
  • 28) Conclusion…Counter Power, alternatives and municipal government

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