Ruepublique (formally Car Free Mile End) is presenting this season’s first road closure/street party on St. Viateur. June 18th will henceforth be known as Journee des Bons Voisins (translation, day of good neighbours).
The main objective is to celebrate the best aspects of enhanced public space, as well as to promote Mile-End’s strengths: sense of community, creativity and conviviality.
The programming will include an artisan’s market (in collaboration with Old Skool Crafts) in the basement of St-Michaels church, bike repair workshops, music, yoga in the street, kiosks animated by community groups, youth and physical activities organized by the YMCA, public art, as well as participation by local merchants.
This year I’m sitting on the committee so contact me if you live in Montreal and have a couple of hours to spare on Saturday, June 18th. We’re looking for people to help set up, watch the traffic barriers, and generally float around making sure everyone is having a good time.
My contribution to Journee des Bons Voisins also includes a public art structure made of stacked recycling bins. Some of the bins will be used as planters, others as seating, and more just to create a cool maze / structure that will provide an urban oasis in the middle of the street. I’m really excited about this because this year we will be bringing up the benches from Hitting the Benchmark to provide even more seating.