BEST THINGS ABOUT MONTREAL
For @taliaralph whom i follow but do not know.
- •Everyone is so goddamned good looking.People dress well; even the hippies. Everyone is pretty attractive and most people have a sexy vibe. It's a good-looking city.
- •FoodBig, rich, steaming, glistening food. We have a ton of great restaurants and 10 tons of cheap and fun restaurants. There's a definite Montreal style that's hard to find other places.
- •Idyllic summer weatherGauzy summers with insect noises and rosé.
- •Street terracesIngenious.
- •BikesIt's pretty easy to get around on a bike.
- •MUTEK, Igloofest, PiknicWell, it's one of my favourite parts. Brainy trippy electronic music events all year long.
- •The MetroModern, clean(-ish), and it works.
- •Cottage countrySo close. So many places to go. So perfect.
- •The northDrive a few hours north or east and you get to the edge of the civilized world. No more roads or electricity. We live on the edge.
- •FrenchIt is awesome and it's everywhere. It's rich and bizarre and crazy.
- •PoliticsIt's a given that the purpose of government is to help people and make our lives better.
- •Low misery indexThere are few people living on the street. There are poor people and some people have it hard but it's just not a place with a lot of sad or mentally ill people sleeping on the sidewalk.
- •BixiIngenuity. Social entrepreneurship. Big heavy bikes. Who doesn't swell with pride seeing Bixis in Brooklyn, Boston and Toronto? Those are from our city. We made those.
- •It feels safe.Walking the streets after midnight doesn't feel foolish. People leave their cars and homes unlocked (not everyone, but sometimes).
- •We build with stone.Public buildings and corner stores and private homes are built with stone or stone facades as often as not. The city looks like it was built to last.
- •Surviving winterWinters are pretty amazingly hard. We're all inordinately proud of the fact that we can make it through, and we openly mock people who live in places where the weather is easy all the time. Going to a bar or club during a snow storm is like being at a veterans' reunion. We have a shared adversity that makes us all closer.
- •Bread and circusesFrom the festivals to the parks to the arts programs, it feels like the government is always trying to delight you with nice free stuff. It's paternalistic, sure, but it's nice to feel like the city and province are there to help you.
- •CircusesA lot of those, too. Can't go to a public park without a clutch of jugglers and a slack line.