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  • Kate 21:55 on 2011/05/20 Permalink | Reply  

    Urbania interviews Chef Guru and talks curry poutine.

    • david m 11:06 on 2011/05/24 Permalink

      alas, the guy is apparently selling. recipes included, though we know how that goes.

  • Kate 21:54 on 2011/05/20 Permalink | Reply  

    The A25 bridge to Laval opens formally to traffic Saturday and some media are focusing on the return of tolls to the Montreal area.

    • Shawn 14:24 on 2011/05/21 Permalink

      there seems to be a single free shared bike/pedestrian/roller blade path, three metres wide.

    • Kate 16:49 on 2011/05/21 Permalink

      That’s doesn’t sound too unreasonable, as it’s an extension to a highway not used by cyclists or pedestrians.

  • Kate 21:52 on 2011/05/20 Permalink | Reply  

    Part of St-Paul Street is now closed to traffic for summer, joining the part of Ste-Catherine that runs through the Gay Village as an oasis free of cars.

  • Kate 19:26 on 2011/05/20 Permalink | Reply  

    The MUHC superhospital project has been given a better credit rating than the CHUM project.

  • Kate 19:25 on 2011/05/20 Permalink | Reply  

    A visit to La Ronde is cheaper if you buy online; there are no new rides this year despite the increase in rates.

  • Kate 19:22 on 2011/05/20 Permalink | Reply  

    Plans for a new Champlain bridge exist and are waiting for the feds to give the OK. Presentation in slideshow format.

    • Chris 20:23 on 2011/05/20 Permalink

      looks like no pedestrian nor bike access, or am I missing something?

    • Faiz Imam 21:14 on 2011/05/20 Permalink

      True, no lanes for non-motorized trasnporation, but in this case, i’m not too incensed.

      There are no bike lanes along the route that could be easily diverted onto the bridge, plus the ice bridge is just next door, reducing the need. There is simply not that big a use case for adding a non-motorized route.

      but the dedicated bus lanes (designed to be convertible to LRT if required, are excellent).

      In addition it must be noted that no new lanes are being added. Its still 3 each way, but they are wider. That, plus the emergency shoulders, means no significant increase in traffic volume but a significant decrease in congestion from emergencies as well as faster speeds.

      hopefully they will make it a toll road as well, like the A25. Overall it should greatly improve the driving experience and have a negligible impact on the environment.

      The real question is, what do you do with the existing bridge?

      if there is no traffic, it will remain structurally sound for decades if not centuries, do we use it for something or tear it down?

    • ant6n 21:40 on 2011/05/20 Permalink

      I’ve been wondering whether the old bridge could be converted to rail – just remove the deck and add rail, voila. I have no idea whether that would work, though.

    • Faiz Imam 21:50 on 2011/05/20 Permalink

      nope, trains are much too heavy, the Victoria bridge looks like a fortress for a reason. The steep incline alone would prevent any trains from using it. plus there are no rail tracks on either side.

      But a dedicated light rail commuter track would work, it uses smaller rails and light cars. but like i said previously, the new bridge could do that too.

      Once the construction has begun, the people with inside knowledge will start talking, and we will have a better idea.

    • Chris 21:56 on 2011/05/20 Permalink

      I wonder, would the old bridge be sound and safe enough to become a pedestrian/cyclist highway? They don’t exert hardly any force at all.

    • ant6n 21:58 on 2011/05/20 Permalink

      Well I was referring to commuter rail/light rail/RER/S-Bahn whatever you wanna call it. The Deux Montagnes line MR-90s weigh 60 tons each (and are 26m long) — that’s comparable to a heavy load truck. If you also consider that you can construct some steel lattice once you remove the decks to make the inclines smaller, then it might work. Plus, one could add a deck for non-motorized transport as well.

      Could safe money on the construction of the new bridge.

    • Marc 22:59 on 2011/05/20 Permalink

      ant6n: That’s the big problem, it’s not a deck bridge like Mercier or J-C. It’s a different type of construction. It was shown in depth in a Gazette piece a while back, but I don’t recall the terminology.

      But I do like the new plan with the same 6 lanes and a 24/7 transit corridor. You can’t add more lanes because there isn’t enough room to build large enough approaches. And even if you had 10 lanes – would still be jammed all the time. I’m 99% confident it will be a toll bridge once replaced; that’s what people will have to get used to. I still have some Champlain Bridge tokens from the old days. :)

    • JaneyB 10:31 on 2011/05/21 Permalink

      It would be nice if it could be turned into a cycling path / cross-country ski trail. A girl can dream….

    • Chris 10:34 on 2011/05/21 Permalink

      Marc, it’s not really ‘the same 6 lanes’ because they plan to add new 2 lanes for public transit. Public transit currently uses some of the capacity of the 6 lanes, and that capacity would now be freed up for private car use. So while probably not a huge increase, they are in fact planning to increase capacity for private car users. The opposite of what we should be doing.

    • ant6n 11:19 on 2011/05/21 Permalink

      Due to the counterflow system the buses use, cars get the full 3 lanes for themselves during rush hour in the rush hour direction.

      This will also be a toll bridge, providing an incentive to use public transit – it’d be great if the bridge toll were about the same as the transit fare.

    • qatzelok 11:35 on 2011/05/21 Permalink

      @ Faiz “it should greatly improve the driving experience and have a negligible impact on the environment” … How is it possible to improve the driving experience without damaging the environment by encouraging driving and sprawl?

  • Kate 19:08 on 2011/05/20 Permalink | Reply  

    Rue Frontenac is staving off closure for a few weeks by filing for creditor protection.

  • Kate 18:50 on 2011/05/20 Permalink | Reply  

    A blog which is just photos of one cappuccino taken in various cafés around town.

  • Kate 11:49 on 2011/05/20 Permalink | Reply  

    I’m a little offended by the headline on this piece about a woman who operates a cat shelter – there’s a real, defined mental illness that drives some people to hoard animals, and writing the head as if this woman who makes a huge effort to take care of part of the pet overpopulation problem is “shattering a stereotype” is just stupid, as if anyone could confound the two. Bravo for her.

    …and, if you’re wondering, I have one cat.

  • Kate 11:43 on 2011/05/20 Permalink | Reply  

    Next month, city council will debate whether its members should be allowed to tweet from council sessions.

    (I don’t see how it can be stopped unless devices are confiscated at the door.)

    • Tux 11:48 on 2011/05/20 Permalink

      Because the citizens of Montreal must be shielded from the passing thoughts of the people who run Montreal. :P

    • Kate 11:51 on 2011/05/20 Permalink

      Oh, I fully understand why, but it’s managing how that would puzzle me. I suppose they could require devices to be powered off, so phones wouldn’t ring and text messages wouldn’t ping during sessions. Although normally Twitter is silent…

    • Tux 12:30 on 2011/05/20 Permalink

      I mean, okay, you don’t want someone playing with their smartphone when they should be paying attention but I think participation in social media is a good thing in governance (there should be a lot more of it) so I view with suspicion a policy that would require people not to tweet.

      They could always encase council chambers in a faraday cage and block all RF signals. :)

    • ant6n 14:01 on 2011/05/20 Permalink

      ‘ could shield the council meeting room, removing cell phone access. :p

  • Kate 07:31 on 2011/05/20 Permalink | Reply  

    People living in one of the few remaining cheap loft buildings in Saint-Henri have received expropriation papers because the building has to be demolished for the current version of the Turcot plans.

  • Kate 07:29 on 2011/05/20 Permalink | Reply  

    In celebration of the May Two-Four, the Ateliers Portes Ouvertes du Mile-End takes place, allowing people to visit real studios of real working artists – the program is in PDF format from the Centre Clark site. Also some people are putting on tuques and ceintures fléchées to celebrate Patriotes day (I have not been able to find mention of anyone dressing up as Queen Victoria, but anything’s possible).

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