Thursday Doors – January 21, 2016

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Discoveries in a Snow Covered City Laneway

While walking around in Montréal’s Hochelaga-Maisonneuve district looking for doors and staircases for this recent Thursday Doors post, I came across a laneway that’s part of the city’s Ruelles Vertes program.

Laneways can often be a source of inspiration for photographers looking for interesting doors and since this one seemed to have a promising start, I decided I had to explore:


Les Ruelles Vertes or Green Laneways program is an urban greening project that was launched by the city in 1997.

The goal of the project is for neighbors who share a given laneway to come together to convert it from the typical urban eyesore and dumping ground into a greener, more livable and usable space.

Converting to green laneways has been shown to improve air quality and counteract the heat absorbing effects of all that concrete and asphalt. The program also encourages people to get to know and work with their neighbors; something that has been lost in many of the world’s big cities where people can go for years without even knowing the name of the person who lives right beside them.

Partially subsidized by funds from the city’s sustainable development program, each conversion project must be brought forward by a volunteer committee made up of residents and must be approved by a majority of the laneway’s residents before being implemented.

A project can be as simple as planting a few trees, fruit-bearing shrubs, or climbing vines, but residents are also encouraged to put out flower boxes, planting beds and shared gardens, or paintings and  murals to brighten up the lane:


In a number of these Ruelles Vertes you’ll also find Take A Book – Leave A Book, little free libraries. In fact for me, finding this adorable door in such an unexpected place was a heartwarming moment.

Take a book, leave a book

Take a book, leave a book

And why not? Just knowing that someone actually took the time to build it, put it out, and maintain it, and then judging by the tracks in the snow, seeing that this library had just recently been used, is reason for anyone to smile 🙂


This peaceful scene left me looking forward to coming back in the summer to further explore this laneway, as well as a few of the others that have been converted over the years.

And who knows, maybe while I’m at it I’ll discover a few more interesting doors:


As always, thanks for looking 🙂

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About Norm 2.0

World’s youngest grumpy old man & heart failure wonder boy. Interests: writing, woodworking, photography, travel, tennis, wine, and I know a bit about power tools.
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64 Responses to Thursday Doors – January 21, 2016

  1. Sue Slaght says:

    I love those little neighborhood library boxes. We have one near our house too. Brilliant idea. A great addition to your gallery of doors Norm!

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  2. I. Greenwald says:

    Green Door is awesome!

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  3. All sorts of goodies in this post Norm – love the green lane idea and the little library is just perfect!

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  4. Lovely photos Norm and what a super idea, planting vines and window boxes to brighten up drab laneways. It makes such a difference.

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  5. I love the idea of posting doors and doorways. I would like to join in next week. Janet from sustainability sent me over and I am glad she did. Love your post here and the free library concept.

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  6. Kerry S. says:

    This is a great post. Great finds. I had to go back to the tree mural and look again after reading your comment above – I never even noticed the doors the first time I looked. My first thought was “cool mural”, my second thought was “I’m pretty sure that wall doesn’t swing shut!” 😉 Those little free libraries are such a good idea. A couple of our local supermarkets have taken the idea and added ‘library tables’ in-store where you can take any used book you like the look of, so long as you leave another behind in its place. I haven’t borrowed anything (yet) but I always stop to browse the titles because the selection is always so bonkersly random.

    I don’t have an offering for Thursday Doors this week but I will have one for next week. 🙂

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  7. RuthsArc says:

    What a fun selection of doors. They’ve made me smile. And some beautiful snow scenes. A contrast to my summer roses contribution.

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  9. lumar1298 says:

    Great pictures… I have not seen snow this year yet and I have traveled up north. Perhaps, not far enough…

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  10. Great idea for the alleyway! I really like that Free Library, and am also looking forward to seeing the lane in the Summer.

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  11. I am such a book nerd, so yes I really love the library in a small booth; I appreciate that people are using this library.

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  12. jan says:

    I love the take a book leave a book concept. How wonderful! Nice doors.

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  13. Love this, Norm . Great photos and a wonderful idea. 🙂

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  14. pommepal says:

    What a treasure trove of doors you found Norm. I love books and especially when they are free. That upstairs door is certainly an “oops” sort of door. Come with me to visit a heritage town in Australia this week.

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  15. jesh stg says:

    Yes, I think these little free libraries are a great idea – and love the pic of it – also the background! Haven’t seen them here in California yet though (maybe because there’s too much crime here?)

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  16. reocochran says:

    Norm, again apologizing for my early release of a Thursday’s door. I threw a different post in just in case anyone comes viditing. Hate to disappoint any one, especially you.
    I like art of all sorts and found this interesting and fun to look at! 🙂

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  18. Hi Norm, I liked your term crazy assed staircases. I just began noticing gem as I came into Montreal by train on Tuesday. You could start an entire essay on just the staircases, in parallel to the doors 🙂
    Beautiful architecture in Montreal. I’ll wait till it warms up a bit before venturing out.

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  19. dimlamp says:

    Interesting captures, I especially like that green door set in contrast with the snow.

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  20. What great finds, Norm! the little free libraries is so cool!

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  21. The Name of Rose says:

    Hello again Norm! Yeterday I post my link with the doors from damascus, but alas it was not Thursday, because here I do not count days. But anyways this is my link with the doors from the Old Damascus. I took the during 2011-2012 . Have a nice day, Greetings from Tel Aviv

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  22. marianallen says:

    Looks like “laneway” is what we call an alley. Great idea, to reclaim them from trash and grunge! I love the bright green door of the little free library (which we have in the USA, too) and the beautiful door-to-a-broken-let above the garage. 😀

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thanks Marian. Yes we say laneway, some say alley or alleyway. I think the little library idea started in Wisconsin and has pretty much gone global now: it was too good an idea not to share with the rest of the world 😉


  23. joannesisco says:

    I love the concept and it would be wonderful if all cities and towns with laneways adopted this idea.
    I came from a small town where every residential block had a back lane. I knew my neighbourhood by its laneways as much as by the roads themselves.
    Your photos are always amazing, but I particularly liked the tree-lined lane covered in snow. It says “winter in the city” to me 🙂

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  24. joey says:

    Every city on the planet should do this! (She says like someone died and made her queen)
    I look forward to seeing it photographed in summer 🙂
    I love those blue wooden doors, of course!

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  25. Warm morning greetings to you, Norm, from chilly (but no longer frigid) Chicagoland! I love the expression on the tree/door in your first shot, but enjoyed them all immensely. The idea of everyone doing a little something to improve the environment, or anything else, is one that’s not only appealing, but very workable. We have the little free libraries here as well. In fact, our church put one up. I want to look into this, as it would be cool to have one at our place.


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  26. Home run, Norm. I love the little library. 🙂 During the school year, I lived in a city and there were alley ways between the streets. They were usually dark, dingy, crowded with vehicles and a little dangerous for kids to be walking through. Your lane way is so much better. Nice entry. 🙂

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  27. Good morning, Norm! What a fun post to start my day. I’m curious – where are laneways exactly? I’m not familiar with that term. I’m guessing it might be the equivalent of alleyways I have seen in parts of Boston – a narrow street behind a row of residences that has parking and garages? I love the concept of people working together to beautify it with murals and the little free libraries, and I especially love that last photo with the blue doors and red brick. Thanks for sharing.

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thanks Deb. Yes it’s exactly the same; we call them laneways, but the term alleyway or back alley would be the same thing. They’re a kind of service/access road behind a row of buildings giving access to the rear. In residential areas they were meant to give utilities such as phone, gas, and electric companies access to homes without blocking the streets.

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  28. Dan Antion says:

    You rounded up a nice bunch of fun doors Norm. I’m partial to the twofer at the bottom, particularly the upper door.

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  29. Geert Smits says:

    Ha! I like the door with the Hat 🙂

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  30. sourgirlohio says:

    I love that tiny little free library!

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  31. leannenz says:

    What a fun collection! The first door is so well disguised. I really like the last one too.

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