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  • Kate 11:54 on 2017/06/25 Permalink | Reply  

    Local media are pleased that homeboy Lance Stroll made the podium at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

  • Kate 11:53 on 2017/06/25 Permalink | Reply  

    The Queen Elizabeth Hotel is reopening soon after year-long renovations.

    • ant6n 11:58 on 2017/06/25 Permalink

      Money for the Caisse!

      (I wish they’d taken down the Western wing of the hotel in order to open up the axis Gare-Centrale – McGill Avenue – The Mountain, allowing Gare Centrale to be rebuilt one day as the gate to the city and the mountain)

    • Kate 12:12 on 2017/06/25 Permalink

      Dang, ant6n. I’ve never seen it that way, and now I do. It’s a hell of an idea.

    • rue david 17:06 on 2017/06/25 Permalink

      i don’t really understand what you’re proposing, anton, demolish the western side of hotel? how would that open up any axis?

    • Blork 17:23 on 2017/06/25 Permalink

      Me too. Not sure what that would do. (And by “McGill Avenue” I assume you mean McGill-College Ave.)

      Once McGill-College hits Rene-Levesque it ends. Even if it were extended, it’s right in the middle of the block between Mansfield and Robert-Bourassa, so that would be an awkward intersection.

      At the other end, McGill-College ends at the Roddick Gates. Not sure what you’d propose to do there… Pedestrians can pass through the McGill campus, but even then you have to exit to McTavish or University to make it all the way to the mountain.

      But getting back to the south end, are you proposing some kind of pedestrian path from the station? Is that worth knocking down a hotel for, given the awkward intersection it would make at Rene-Levesque? How many pedestrians do you image have an interest in walking from the station to the mountain?

      I’m not being belligerent, I’m sincerely interested in what you mean.

    • rue david 18:09 on 2017/06/25 Permalink

      yeah, he must mean punching a hole in the queen elizabeth like you describe to “extend” mcgill college down to some new opening for the central station. the trick, you mention, blork, is demand. there are already connections to the station from all the important surrounding buildings, and PVM square at the head of mcgill college is dead even on a nice day.

      on a related note, i’ve always hated what they did to mcgill college, that is, how it was widened. they took down a row of buildings to put in this rarely-used show street for street deadening high rise. the street no longer lines up with the roddick gates, so it just looks off, and the malls the corner of mcgill college and saint cath is the deadest of all saint catherine cross streets in all of downtown (with the possible exception of clark). maybe it could be fixed by a full pedestrianization of the street east of the current median and turning the entire western side into buildings again.

      maybe something like that could get you some foot traffic between mcgill, those buildings along mcgill college and saint catherine. which, possibly might lead to more people walking down mcgill college to that PVM square, which might lead to more demand for a direct overland connection to the train station.

    • ant6n 18:44 on 2017/06/25 Permalink

      Actually I mean the Eastern wing of the hotel (the part that’s along Rene-Levesque). I’m talking about opening up the axis of Avenue McGill, which extends with the rail vaiduct South of Gare Centrale.

      Most big rail stations in the world are large open glass buildings, many the center of an important visual axis through the city. Gare Centrale could be on the axis connecting the mountain and the beginning of the Lachine canal, via “McGill College Av.”. (I’d say the street itself should be turned into a park)

    • Mathieu 10:43 on 2017/06/26 Permalink

      Demolishing the parking structure on de la Gauchetière would also do a lot to make this area nicer. Or at least they could do something to make the entrance to the train station more appealing.

    • Robert H 12:37 on 2017/06/26 Permalink

      Le Reine Elizabeth m’a toujours semblait comme un grand dortoir moche, froid, et impersonnel. Le bâtiment a vraiment besoin d’une rénovation de fond en comble. Peut-être, Ivanhoe Cambridge s’inspirait d’example du Ritz-Carlton qui se restauré avec succès esthétiquement (à mon avis).

      Rue David, je suis tout à fait d’accord que c’était une erreur d’élargir L’Avenue McGill College. On voulait la refaire comme Park Avenue ou Le Champs Elysées de Montréal, mais ce qui s’est produit est un canyon plat des tours à bureaux sans vie, trop court d’être un vrai boulevard–plutôt un tronçon peu distingué. Je croyais que j’étais la seule personne ennuyée que L’avenue McGill College ne s’aligne plus aux Portes Roddick de l’université. Et je suis d’accord aussi que le côté est de la médiane devrait remplacer par nouveaux immeubles.

    • rue david 23:36 on 2017/06/26 Permalink

      Robert : je ne suis pas du tout d’accord que l’hôtel Queen Elizabeth ait cet air froid ou impersonnel. Au contraire, je le trouve sobre, élégant et digne de son status de ‘grand hôtel’
      Montréalais. Reste à voir si le réaménagement améliorera ce qu’on n’aime pas chez eux (les plafonds trops bas, par exemple) – mais on leur laisse quand même l’opportunité de nous révéler les résultats, non?

      Anton : a priori, on te rappelle gentillement que la rue (Peter) McGill et l’avenue McGill College ne sont pas liées, ni en esprit, ni par l’utilisation courante. Bon et ensuite, on est d’accord qu’un mégaprojet pour établir un gare central style européen serait cool (bon, à part la proposition de démolir le Queen Elizabeth), mais si on s’interesse pour de vrai à un tel réaménagement de la station centrale, il serait beaucoup plus réaliste de cibler les entrées rue de la Gauchetière, comme propose Mathieu.

    • ant6n 09:42 on 2017/06/27 Permalink

      Wait so you’re saying that McGill college doesn’t matter because it’s not an important traffic Street (even though I was talking about opening up a visual axis to the train station, not a car traffic axis, and also having the northern end of the rail station in Rene Levesque), and then you propose one should open up Gare Centrale to gauchetiere? That Street is like an alley.

    • rue david 13:39 on 2017/06/27 Permalink

      i’m not proposing anything. it should be obvious enough that demolishing the queen elizabeth hotel to create a visual down mcgill college to the train station isn’t a good idea at all. but if they ever do a renovation of that station, fixing the hellscape that is gauchetière would be where to do it.

    • ant6n 13:47 on 2017/06/27 Permalink

      I’d agree it’s not realistic. That’s why I put the original idea in parenthesis, as a sort of idle dream.

      But it’s definitely not ‘obvious’ that it’s a bad idea. If you think it’s a bad idea, maybe explain your opinion.

    • Kate 09:50 on 2017/06/28 Permalink

      ant6n, a few years ago I wrote about Central Station and its pitiful nonexistence at street level, with photos. This was partly inspired by a friend who’d lived here more than thirty years telling me she had simply no idea where the train station is, and my realization that we didn’t have one you could see.

  • Kate 10:45 on 2017/06/25 Permalink | Reply  

    Odile Tremblay writes with feeling about the uncertain future of the Imperial cinema and the World Film Festival ⌧, both teetering on the brink of Serge Losique’s debt to two private lenders.

  • Kate 10:36 on 2017/06/25 Permalink | Reply  

    Globe & Mail writer Konrad Yakabuski does not like the plan for a Leonard Cohen mural ⌧ to loom over Crescent Street. At all.

    • Ian 16:38 on 2017/06/25 Permalink

      The dignity of Crescent Street? C’mon. it’s been tourist bro-zone ground zero for over 20 years. Also, a giant multi-storey slab of concrete is more attractive? Really though, let’s be frank – Leonard Cohen is the one person from Montreal most tourists will know. It makes sense to create a tourist attraction of his image in what is a fairly ugly area that tourists frequent. Maybe the fratboys from upstate NY will be inspired to stagger back to their hotel rooms singing Leonard Cohen songs instead of whatever godawful summer hits the frat boys are listening to. And really, let’s not mythologize the purity of St. Lenny too much – he was, after all, a commercial artist. I am sure he would approve of Montreal branding itself with its artists, even popular ones. It could have been worse, at least it’s not Céline Dion.

      tl;dr: haters gonna hate.

    • Bill Binns 11:15 on 2017/06/26 Permalink

      I think it’s funny that the fact that these types of honors would often be despised by the person they are supposedly honoring is never much of a consideration.

      I remember Kate saying something here along the lines of “Camillien Houde said there would be an automotive road over Mount Royal over his dead body. He died, they built the road and named it after him”. Mordecai Richler’s zillion dollar gazebo comes to mind as well.

  • Kate 10:32 on 2017/06/25 Permalink | Reply  

    Gilles Proulx looks at the foundation of the Grey Nuns. Radio-Canada outlines the history of St‑Jean‑Baptiste day as the national holiday and the Journal examines the evolution of the fleurdelysé.

  • Kate 10:10 on 2017/06/25 Permalink | Reply  

    The light and fireworks show that opened the bridge illuminations is to be reprised Sunday night – and the police brotherhood will now have no reason to crash the party. TVA link plays a video of parts of the initial show.

    • ant6n 10:26 on 2017/06/27 Permalink

      Makes you wonder how much the city is paying extra to make sure the negotiations were wrapped up before hand. The threat to crash his party is quite some leverage over Coderre.

  • Kate 10:08 on 2017/06/25 Permalink | Reply  

    Bixi is free all day Sunday for trips under 30 minutes.

  • Kate 01:35 on 2017/06/25 Permalink | Reply  

    The New York Times came to see the various exhibits and memorials to Expo 67 ⌧. It’s a good solid look at the exhibits and the impact of the fair – but such an American take on what Confederation was: it was hardly Canada’s “leave-taking from Britain”!

    • mdblog 13:14 on 2017/06/25 Permalink

      Most Canadians barely understand their own history so it’s no surprise that our more inward-looking friends to the south would have such misunderstandings.

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