This book examines the role of water in the urbanization of Montreal with a view to demonstrating processes of reciprocal interaction between the natural environment and evolving civic society. Water provided both opportunities and challenges for residents of Montreal, in each case presenting the community and its leaders with choices to be made. Those choices having been made, at various points in the history of the city over the past two centuries, water flows and quality were altered with the resulting transformation affecting the options available to subsequent generations when new issues appeared on the agenda. Montreal, accordingly, emerges as a hybrid space, the product of natural and social influences interacting with and affecting each other.

The book unfolds...

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