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2006 06 23
Zoned F1
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Cities are often defined by artificially induced boundaries: zoning laws, voting districts, historic neighbourhoods, highways and taxation regulations. These all inform how a city is shaped and operates.

This weekend, the Ile Notre Dame--yet another artifical element in the city--will host the Formula 1 race. During the race, which happens to fall on Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day (during which no retail activity is supposed to take place), an eruv-like zone has been created to enable F1 fans to do some 'kosher' shopping.
[email this story] Posted by David Ross on 06/23 at 01:57 PM
  1. Is it ironic that you chose to describe the shopping zone as Eruv-like given Montreal’s past difficulties in accepting such religiously defined boundaries? Toronto’s Eruv is such a massive zone one wonders how it is maintained (and whether you are permitted check the web site on the Sabbath to confirm ‘kosherness’?) However intended, I think the case can be made for a “secular Eruv” as a very useful workaround. Think how useful such a thing would be for Haligonians who are the last remaining North Americans unable to purchase arugula on Sunday.

    World Cup and the Grand Prix this weekend? Let’s hope you can get some sleep in that party town.

    Posted by Peter  on  06/23  at  10:29 PM

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