Taylor C. Noakes

Taylor C. Noakes is an independent journalist who splits his time between Montreal and Pittsburgh. He has previously written for Monocle, The Walrus, and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. His interests lie in the intersection of architecture, urban planning and history, and how heritage considerations shape contemporary discussions of city-building.

a photo of a cyclist and a car on Mount Royal Park in Montreal

Montreal Tried to Close a Popular Park to Drivers. Why Didn't It Work?

After a fatal crash involving a bicyclist, the city tried banning private cars in Mount Royal Park. But public opposition to the pilot program was fierce.

The Mayor Who Wouldn't Let Art Ruin His Olympics

In a stunning act of censorship, Corridart was dismantled on orders from Jean Drapeau just before the ‘76 Summer Games.