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Performance Anxiety
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posted 05 February 2004 09:30 PM      Profile for Performance Anxiety        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Urban Explorations Montreal

Who are you guys?

UEM is a small group of urban explorers based in Montreal, Canada. Our particular characteristics such as name or age are not important: the cynosure of our group is a passion for the exploration of urban locations. See the Group section for more information on us.

Uh, why do you explore?

We explore because we've always been interested in what's behind closed doors or under manholes. We explore not to steal, or to vandalize, but for the sake of exploring itself. We explore to understand what's going on beneath the everyday surface of things. In short, we explore because we love this city and care about it - both the new and the old.

Should I explore?

We would very much like to promote UE as a legitimate hobby/pastime/way of life, so yes, by all means, explore! Learn about the buildings you walk through and use every day. This said, it may not be for everyone, and you are always accountable for your own actions, whether they lead to a trespassing ticket, injury, or death in a flooding drain. UE is far from being a 100% safe activity, even in the 21st century.

Any rules?

There are no hard and fast rules in urban exploration - everyone has his or her idea of what UE is - but our members adhere to a few simple guidelines. First: we try to change the environments we explore as little as possible. This means we don't tag, we don't steal, we don't litter, and we don't vandalize - even in decaying buildings such as the O'Keefe Brewery. This helps preserve the environments for future explorers to enjoy. Second, we shy away from breaking and entering (B&E, as it's called in the business). B&E is a criminal offense. Basically, if we have to destroy something to get inside a target, it's not worth the risk. Third, we prefer to explore with people 18 years of age or older, so that everybody ends up being responsible for their own actions. As for our tastes and inclinations in terms of targets, just take a look under the "Explorations" header in the menu on the left.

Cool site & great concept. Check it out, turn off the TV, and go reclaim your culture!

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posted 07 February 2004 12:47 AM      Profile for kingblake     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Thanks PA for a really cool link. I can think of quite a few places in Montreal that i would love to see the inside of, if only i weren't so chicken
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posted 07 February 2004 09:49 AM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
This IS really neat. A while back, Andy Social posted a link to a 'zine that is dedicated to this kind of urban exploration. I forget what it was called, but I was fascinated reading about the writer's experience exploring the tunnels of the Toronto subway system.
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posted 07 February 2004 04:05 PM      Profile for beluga2     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
PA's link doesn't work for me.

Here's some stuff about underground tunnels in Vancouver.

I know that Robson Square/Eaton's/Law Courts tunnel in the last few pics; in fact, I sometimes use it as a shortcut during rush hour. You can drive right under several blocks of traffic!

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Performance Anxiety
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posted 08 February 2004 11:52 PM      Profile for Performance Anxiety        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Some cities have layers of amazing things under the: Edinburgh, Paris, Seattle, Rome. I'm sure there are many others. Cities do tend to build on top of themselves as the ground sinks over the centuries. Most governments lock them up, declaring them "unsafe", but I'd prefer them to underground shopping malls like the one in Montreal. I'd rather explore ancient labyrinths than strut through one massive shopping mall. In fact, I'd rather stay above on the street, even in the dead of winter. Well, at least all that monoculture is underground - it would be a shame if I had to see it all the time when in the Big Sky.
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