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  • Kate 21:19 on 2012/09/24 Permalink | Reply  

    The city’s pondering a plan to reinvigorate the Quartier latin including adding more residential spaces to the small but lively part of town and extending the part of Ste-Catherine closed to traffic in 2014.

    (What happened with the plan announced in 2010 to turn the old Bibliothèque Saint-Sulpice into a performance space for modern “serious” music?)

    The city also has to deal with the mess it’s made on the lower Main. I can barely bring myself to think about that, it makes me so sad.

    Later note: More on the Quartier Latin plan in Le Devoir.

    • David Tighe 08:38 on 2012/09/25 Permalink

      I distrust the authorization of street food (permits and “complementarity” with restos around). What will be decided to be complementary to junk? I suspect they will succeed in smothering the initiative.

    • Robert J 14:17 on 2012/09/25 Permalink

      How ’bout people should be free to run food carts of any kind as long as they pass health inspection and pay certain fees related to using public space (like restaurants pay for terasses on sidewalks). This whole business of limiting them to a specific area and controlling what kind of food they make is medieval.

    • david m 16:05 on 2012/09/25 Permalink

      there’s one sure-fire way to re-invigorate the latin quarter: rebuild the habitations jeanne-mance as mid-rise with street-level retail walls on all sides. you extend yon latin quarter to the main, you breathe life into all areas surrounding (saint cath, saint jacques, village, qds, lower main). it’s so obvious.

    • MB 03:19 on 2012/09/26 Permalink

      David, when I used to live down there I would fantasize how much more pleasant the place would be like if the habitations jeanne-mance was rebuilt in a way that fit in with the surrounding areas. Emery street from St-Denis to St-Laurent would be a winner!

    • Robert J 11:31 on 2012/09/26 Permalink

      They are planning on creating a pedestrian corridor in habitations Jeanne-Mance. What surprised me is that there is no plan to increase the density of the habitations. As it stands, their floor area ratio is surprisingly high- those tall towers have a lot of apartments despite the useless empty space around them. I would say the first step is building through streets that cross the project in a number of directions, linking it to the surrounding neighborhood, then densification is necessary.

  • Kate 20:50 on 2012/09/24 Permalink | Reply  

    The woman at the head of the Old Port is having her dirty linen washed in public by QMI, who are clearly having a field day with what they’re finding.

    • David Tighe 08:17 on 2012/09/25 Permalink

      A rather grubby little article which may be serving another agenda.

    • Kate 10:56 on 2012/09/25 Permalink

      The story’s been hinted at before. I have no opinion on it, although I suspect some of her more self-aggrandizing moves might’ve gone unremarked if done by a man.

  • Kate 20:44 on 2012/09/24 Permalink | Reply  

    Does it reflect well on Montreal that the eponymous protocol is one of the few collective environmental successes the world community can point to? It can’t hurt.

  • Kate 20:43 on 2012/09/24 Permalink | Reply  

    Mutsumi Takahashi interviews Jean-François Lisée, new minister of Montreal and anglos, who says he’s septic. (Which he admits to later.)

  • Kate 20:35 on 2012/09/24 Permalink | Reply  

    Henry Aubin does a summary of Jean Charest’s legacy in Montreal. Not everyone would put the same points on the up and down side of the ledger, but it’s a reasonable assessment for the moment.

    Why does the Gazette file this story under “technology”?

  • Kate 09:18 on 2012/09/24 Permalink | Reply  

    Once again, the Gazette’s Monique Muise is tweeting from the Charbonneau commission Monday morning, reporting on the much-hailed appearance of Joseph Pistone, aka Donnie Brasco, an FBI man who went deep undercover to investigate the mob in the US.

    • JS 17:54 on 2012/09/24 Permalink

      Actually it was across the street from the church.

    • Kate 20:48 on 2012/09/24 Permalink

      JS, I think this comment belongs with the Sam the Record Man thread below, but it wasn’t across from the church, it was on the northeastern corner of Saint-Alexandre and Ste-Catherine, in the block east of St. James.

  • Kate 09:16 on 2012/09/24 Permalink | Reply  

    Sam Sniderman, aka Sam the Record Man, has died in Toronto at 92. He was a Toronto guy and better known there, but his store on Ste-Catherine made the name familiar here as well. The Gazette doesn’t add anything about his Montreal business to this CP piece.

    • C_Erb 16:37 on 2012/09/24 Permalink

      Where was the store in Montreal? I used to love going to his stores in Halifax and Moncton when I was a kid. The one in Moncton actually stayed open as a Sam’s long after most of the other ones shut down. The Toronto store which I only visited once was truly a sight to behold.

    • denpanosekai 17:18 on 2012/09/24 Permalink

      @C_Erb: More or less where the Future Shop now is. I don’t recall the facade being anywhere near as flashy however. Anyone got a picture?

    • Jonathan 17:24 on 2012/09/24 Permalink

      It was on the north side of the street, actually, in one of the buildings in front of St James United Church. I’m not sure if it was in one of the corner ones that are still standing or the one in front that has been torn down… 399 Ste-Catherine O. was the address, anyway (says a quick google search)

    • Marc 18:32 on 2012/09/24 Permalink

      Right here: http://goo.gl/maps/P0xns Now a jewelry store.

    • Kate 19:17 on 2012/09/24 Permalink

      Marc is correct.

  • Kate 08:39 on 2012/09/24 Permalink | Reply  

    The city has to sign a final $7.8-million cheque to the end the saga of the GÉNIeau water meters, but the details of exactly why and what this pays for remain shrouded in mystery.

    • steph 09:15 on 2012/09/24 Permalink

      It’s like they’re waving a flag alerting us of corruption but there’s nothing they can do in fear of legal reprisal.

    • Ricky 09:56 on 2012/09/24 Permalink

      Seems like there was no studies concerning the water meters

    • Kate 11:12 on 2012/09/24 Permalink

      Not sure what you mean. A lot of very good journalistic work uncovered the problems with the contract. As far back as late 2007 journalists were shining a light on the irregularities in the deal. I could dig you up dozens more links if you want.

  • Kate 08:37 on 2012/09/24 Permalink | Reply  

    The SHDM is a bad landlord, according to Vision Montreal, out for profit rather than managing buildings for the benefit of the hard up. SHDM admits a few mistakes but denies the general claim.

  • Kate 08:33 on 2012/09/24 Permalink | Reply  

    A man found shot dead in a Beaconsfield parking lot Sunday night was a known gang member. He was also homicide #23 on the island of Montreal this year.

  • Kate 01:25 on 2012/09/24 Permalink | Reply  

    A coalition of community groups in Point St-Charles has been given a building to work with – an old train shop with no heat, electricity or running water.

    • steph 08:51 on 2012/09/24 Permalink

      For anyone curious (since they seem to not publish the location of the building), the building in question is corner Sainte-Madeleine and Rue LeBer http://goo.gl/maps/1U9cQ . I’ve heard too many people assume it was the depot corner Wellington & Bridge (which is a building far more visible a also sore on the eyes)

    • Kate 08:57 on 2012/09/24 Permalink

      I had wondered what was up with the big building that had such a bad fire a few years back. But the one you’re pointing to can’t be that one.

    • steph 14:33 on 2012/09/24 Permalink

      Are you thinking about the paper recycling plant at 3820 St-Patrick Street http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/story/2011/06/08/fire-at-recycling-plant-in-montreal.html. That building (along with others around it) are being demolished to connect La Verendrye with St-Patrick in an attempt to get more circulation into that part of Cote-St-Paul. Details are in the Turcot interchange construction project.

  • Kate 01:22 on 2012/09/24 Permalink | Reply  

    A Kenyan runner broke a record on Sunday to win the Montreal marathon in 2:18.

    • Daisy 11:29 on 2012/09/24 Permalink

      Actually, it wasn’t the winner who broke the record (in 2011 the winner did it in 2:13, not sure what the actual record is), it was the marathon that broke a record in terms of numbers of runners participating. The article is phrased badly.

    • Kate 12:01 on 2012/09/24 Permalink

      Daisy, if this blog ever spins off a marathon desk, you have a job. Thanks!

    • Daisy 13:19 on 2012/09/24 Permalink

      Haha I guess running is the only topic on which I have any background knowledge! (I better have some knowledge, given the absurd amount of time I spend running, analyzing my training, reading running magazines and books, reading running blogs and websites, shopping for running shoes and clothes, racing…)

  • Kate 01:21 on 2012/09/24 Permalink | Reply  

    Surprisingly good and thoughtful piece in Metro about the recycling of old religious buildings. I strongly agree with the woman who says that the community paid for these buildings (directly, or via tax breaks) and that they should remain at the service of the community. Concordia’s Clarence Epstein also makes a legitimate point that it rarely works for churches to be turned into condos.

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