Thursday Doors – July 2, 2020

Thursday Doors is a weekly feature allowing door lovers to come together to admire and share their favorite door photos from around the world. Feel free to join in on the fun by creating your own Thursday Doors post each week and then sharing your link in the comments below, anytime between Thursday morning and Saturday noon (North American eastern time). 

Ruelles Vertes in Rosemont/Petite-Patrie, Montréal (Part #1)

While walking around doorscursioning in my old ‘hood of Rosemont/Petite Patrie in last week’s post I made a point of checking out some of the neighbourhood’s increasingly popular Ruelles Vertes/Green Laneways.

What’s a Ruelle Verte?

A ruelle is what we call a laneway or back alley.

Generally a concrete or paved asphalt access lane behind rows of housing in between two parallel streets.

Built into the street grid of major cities all over North America, they were originally designed to provide access for utility companies such as phone, electricity, and cable, to keep unsightly power and phone lines off the streets, and also for residents’ parking garages.

I remember a time when even garbage pick-up was done through the back laneways.

Equipment has gotten much more reliable over the years and a large portion of it has been moved underground. This meant that utilities very rarely need to access these areas with repair trucks anymore, making these paved laneways more of an eyesore than a necessity.

With this in mind the city of Montréal launched their Ruelles Vertes or Green Laneways program in 1997.

The goal of the program is for resident neighbours who share a given laneway to come together to convert it from an urban eyesore and sometimes dumping ground, and take ownership by turning it into a greener, more livable, user-friendly space.

Studies have shown that converting to green laneways improves air quality in the immediate vicinity, and provides shade to help mitigate the heat absorbing effects of all that concrete and asphalt.

The program also encourages people to get to know and work with their neighbours; something that has been lost particularly in densely populated parts of big cities where people can go for years without even knowing the name of the person who lives right next door.

Financed through the city’s sustainable development budget, 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, shared gardens, or benches, paintings, and murals to beautify and the laneway and make it more green.

I’m happy to say that my old neighbourhood has one of the highest number of Ruelles Vertes in the city, and as someone who spent a good part of his childhood playing hockey, football, and yes even baseball in our laneway (don’t ask me how that turned out), making these spaces safer for kids to play is a very good thing.

And Madame Morin, about that wayward baseball that went through your kitchen window that one summer; it wasn’t me, it was Dave. I hope  you can take some consolation from knowing that despite the incredible distance that ball flew off of his bat to make it all the way to your window, we called it a ground-rule double and not a home run 😉

If you’d like to see a bit more, here’s a quick little video slideshow from the city’s website:

To share your own Thursday Doors post just paste your link in the comments section below so that others can visit and have a look at your discoveries. Remember: you have until noon eastern North American time on Saturday to add your link.

As always, if you have the time, please take a few minutes to visit some of the Thursday Door posts shared by our other contributors.

Thank you for looking 🙂 

Want to join in on the fun and share your own Thursday Doors post with other door lovers? Then simply add the link to your post in the comments section below.

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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97 Responses to Thursday Doors – July 2, 2020

  1. joey says:

    That’s a beautiful collection of spaces and doors! I love the white wood and vining greenery 🙂 I also spent a lot of time in the alley as a kid. Good times, but looked like nothing you feature here. Big fan of greening the spaces. So charming and colorful, real care and attention.

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  2. That is so cool. Love the murals and some of gate doors. Love that little theatre.

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  3. Jennie says:

    Progress in the best of ways. The Little Free Library is always a delight to see. Thank you for a visit to your old neighborhood.

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  4. slfinnell says:

    We used to have logs cut for our kiddos to use as seating in our play yard until we had to dig for our basement. Construction workers were a little aggressive in their removal of my rustic aesthetics. Might have to revisit that addition after seeing the theatre seating 😉
    My link:

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  5. Canada certainly has their Ruelle Verte displays down to a science! A great way to dress up the neighborhood and city and make doorscursions more pleasant! Great visit to you neighborhood, Norm!

    Here’s my short contribution for this week’s TD posts:

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  6. Joanne Sisco says:

    What a great project! Two thumbs up to any initiative that encourages greening of our cities, and this one appears to be very successful. Congratulations Montreal!

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thank you Danny. So sorry for the late reply 🙂
      By the way my comment on your post on your site seems to have been caught by the spam filter again….


  7. Hi Norm, What a fun neighborhood. Love the murals and small gardens everywhere.

    Here’s my Thursday Doors post:

    All the best, Donna

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  8. Tara says:

    I love the little theater. It’s all awesome, though. When I visit Montreal, I’m just bringing all my belongings and stuff because every time you show me something, I’m all, “I NEED TO LIVE THERE.” So. 🙂 We had things like this in Philadelphia, too — not as pretty, though. We had the only tree in ours, on the whole block. 😦

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  9. What a wonderful initiative! I think I am going to propose green laneways to the Edmonton city council.

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  10. What a fabulous idea! I love how everyone came together to create a place of beauty for all to enjoy. Thanks for sharing this!

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  11. Fantastic post. I used to live in an apt that had an alley, where the garbage truck would roar through … I like especially the ones with a green median down the middle. A theatre (love the seats), little free library, beautiful gardens, creative architecture … and the minions are adorable.

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  12. lolaWi says:

    what a wonderful idea! beautiful artwork and doors! thank you! here is my contribution:

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  13. travtrails says:

    Learnt a new word ‘doorscursioning’ and the presentation

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  14. Photographias says:

    I love this idea, there’s plenty of places in Glasgow that could start doing this too.
    Here is mine:

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  15. What an interesting read Norm. I have walked some of these laneways when I visited Montreal. I did not realize this was a city program. What a great idea. Other cities like Toronto and Hamilton also have many laneways. They’d do well to adopt this idea.
    As a new participant to your Thursday Doors, here’s my first post
    Thank you for this great idea. I hope to continue with these posts each Thursday.

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Welcome and please accept my apologies sorry for the late reply 🙂
      By the way I did go over and leave a comment on your post but it seems the WordPress spam filter ate it. You may need to go into the Spam or Pending folder in the comments tab of your WP admin and release me from spam jail.
      I do hope you’ll join us again whenever you have doors you want to share 😀

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      • Thanks Norm! I appreciate your welcome. Not to worry on the delayed reply. I guess spam jail was your penalty. 😆 I will definitely check into that and release you. Do you have your, Get Out of Jail Free, card? See you Thursday!

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  16. What a great idea! Beautifies spaces and builds community. Win-win! Love this, Norm. Thanks for sharing.


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  17. We have those Little Library Boxes in my hometown also. Maybe I’ll post them here sometime. But for this Week we go to the Lafayette Children’s Museum:

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  18. scooj says:

    Oh, if only we had ruelles in Bristol, although there is a road called Devon Road that has all the characteristics of a ruelle, and unsurprisingly is adorned with some great start art. Minions… we like those. I like that rather plain white door towards the end of the post… sometimes less is more.

    More street art doors from me I’m afraid:

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  19. lulu says:

    Once again, thank you, Norm, for the opportunity to share doors in their many forms.

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  20. Debbie Smyth says:

    Wonderful! What a great idea, and you’ve shown us some good examples. Just shows that something simple can have a huge impact on both community and environment. And here are my doors for the week:

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  21. Aimer Boyz says:

    Fantastic idea !

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  22. tgeriatrix says:

    What a wonderful background walk! Here is second post of Eifel doors:

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  23. What a wonderful idea!!

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  24. dennyho says:

    Happy Canada Day, yesterday, to you Norm! LOVE the white door with the roses falling against it. Reminds me of The Secret Garden, one of my all time favorite children’s books. Bringing me to my next favorite door in this post, the Little Library. I discovered these a while back and find them the best kept secret in our communities. Now that I know they exist around the globe, I look for them everywhere.

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  25. This is great, it is clear that the folks of this neighborhood love where they live

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  26. Lynn says:

    What a brilliant idea! Love the philosophy behind the program & creative ways in which neighbours redesigned these spaces. Very interesting Norm!

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  27. This is such a wonderful idea (I may have said this the last time you posted about the ruelle verte too). And there’s something so charming and neighbourly about these photos: the street furniture, the flowers, the little library …

    My entry for this week is a bit of photographic archaeology, from a trip long ago:

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  28. Teresa says:

    Yessss Norm, this is my type of place! Streetart galore. Here is mine for this week.

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  29. These are great, Norm, and what an excellent use for alleys. I like everything you showed, especially that last one. I understand even more about absorbing the heat from pavement now that we’re in Arizona! Thanks for your faithful hosting of Thursday Doors and enjoy your day


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  30. Great photos of those projects, Norm. Loved the video, too. What a great way to get communities together and tidy up neglected areas. Here’s my post this week, thanks for hosting, Norm.

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  31. Sheree says:

    What a fantastic idea! I love the artwork, particularly the Minions and, of course, the doors.

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  32. Dan Antion says:

    These are wonderful doors, murals and items, Norm. What a way to get ahead of what could become a problem and turn it into an attractive feature. Some are quite creative and most are really pretty. I love the baseball story – “not me” – I think we’ve heard that before 😏 Sorry for Dave being robbed of an HR, but that was a good ruling. I’ve played baseball in an alley, and damage was done to windows. It’s part of the game.

    My doors are at

    I hope this week wraps up well for you and I hope you have a good weekend.

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thanks Dan. As soon as we heard the crash of the breaking glass, Dave took off like a bat out of you-know-what, so don’t feel too sorry for him. Looking back now it was seriously comical. Big swing and really got all of it. Stood there, bat in one hand, admiring his handiwork. Then CRASH…and a second later everyone’s asking “hey where’s Dave?”
      Ah, childhood memories 😀

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  33. China Dream says:

    good morning fellow door chasers.. here is my find for today July 2.

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  34. How wonderful! Your country is full of excellent initiatives. Happy late Canada day! You’ve found many happy-making scenes and doors. Thanks!

    My post is a memory from a year ago when everything was much much better.

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  35. Norm, I am going to work as a medical volunteer in rural Zambia next week, so my contributions will be limited for the next three months. Best wishes, Ian

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  36. C’est mignon! I have moved along the Norfolk coast to Hunstanton for this week’s photos.

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  37. Loved all the Minion street art there Norm and also the little gardens and plant pots all over the place. Obviously the local residents take great pride in keeping their ruelle looking good.

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  38. Regulars may remember a door I posted a few weeks ago belonging to a pub in London’s Spitalfields district that featured a ‘Jack the Ripper’ themed artwork painted by the London based French artist ‘Zabou’. Well my post for this week features the same pub and work by the same artist who painted another Dude called Jack. This one depicts Jack Nicholson character from ‘The Shining’:

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  39. A precious (and priceless)enterprising idea, ‘Ruelles Vertes’. It took me back to my childhood (in Romania) and to the green alleys of my neighborhood, although we didn’t had a street theater, nor the Minions 🙂
    Wish we could have something like this here in South Africa…

    Here’s my Thursday Doors post 🙂 – speaking of my native country : Wooden Doors and Symbols, Village Museum Bucharest – Thank you 🙂

    May I wish your Canadian readers a (belated) Happy Canada Day! And to our US friends, Happy 4th of July 🙂

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