Broken Windows
Justice
In 2012, a shy, quiet teacher and political philosopher named James Wilson died. An expert in Chicago’s black neighborhoods, he was best known as the man who came up with the “Broken Windows” Theory. It says that if one window …
Lazylegz: Standing Tall
Breakdancing
Since childhood, Café Graffiti regular Luca Patuelli, 29, has suffered from a rare disease: arthrogyrposia. Incapable of walking, he has very few muscles in his legs. His dream: to be a dancer. And he has done it. Using his crutches, …
Midnight Teens Are Not Thugs
Education
The pineal gland is tiny. Wedged between both hemispheres of your brain, it may be small, but it has a huge impact on society – especially, on teenagers. That’s because it manufactures melatonin, the hormone that controls your sleep. When …
Catherine Dagenais
Artists
Some artists wait to catch the latest popular fad to attain fame and glory; others would rather occupy the leading edge of their art and provoke change. That’s the case for Catherine Dagenais, 20-year-old musician, singer, lyricist and songwriter, who …
Community-Based Self-Financing
Community
Battleground: Our Own Neighborhood In partnership with the City of Montreal and the Ministère de la Métropole (Ministry of the Metropolis), we at the Journal de la Rue organization have launched a self-financing project for community groups. Every charitable organization …
The Fourth Wall
Prisoner's Chronicle
It’s a short walk on a warm sunny day. Perhaps 30 meters along a pleasant walkway, all uphill. On either side, green grass; some tall, leafy trees; and some summers, a flower bed. The smell of a fresh-cut lawn. Colors …