Through one of my daily go-to sites Spacing Montreal, a blog all about local urban space, I was shown “Under Montreal” – a blog dedicated to the underground infrastructure of the city. Stormwater and wastewater sewers (evidently not as gross as we’d think), metro tunnels, the full gamet. It looks that with good gear, kinesthetically capable photographers, and leak-free waders, they can traverse most of Montreal’s ancient underworld.
Like many others out there, I am really fascinated with the worlds that are so close, taken for granted, and never seen – water infrastructure, waste management, public transit, stormwater management. Things that are so incredibly essential for the city machine. Things that we complain about when they’re not working optimally but forgotten the rest of the time. Us cityfolk are hard to please, cause you know, we’ve seen it all. I recently went to a week long conference looking at Montreal’s water infrastructure, and got immersed in source-to-tap water quality. Really fascinating.
Check out the site, get a history and an engineering lesson ensemble.