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  • Kate 18:26 on 2017/10/06 Permalink | Reply  

    Panning for news I find this nugget: Business Day notes that separatism talk may make Barcelona go the way of Montreal in losing head offices and other corporate entities because of political instability.

    • Ephraim 08:25 on 2017/10/07 Permalink

      The Spanish government already passed resolutions allowing certain companies to move and keep their charters intact.

  • Kate 18:14 on 2017/10/06 Permalink | Reply  

    It’s not often this blog takes note of an alleged fratricide, but a homicide in Montreal North – following a fight between two brothers in their sixties – adds to the short list. Homicide #18 if you’re keeping count.

    • Faiz Imam 16:55 on 2017/10/21 Permalink

      23 last year was a record low, so we’re still on target!

  • Kate 18:11 on 2017/10/06 Permalink | Reply  

    Hundreds of cyclists held a memorial ride for Clément Ouimet Friday afternoon up the Camillien-Houde.

  • Kate 10:03 on 2017/10/06 Permalink | Reply  

    While we’re griping about terminology around incidents on the road, what about La congestion s’aggrave dans la banlieue nord de Montréal? We permit the construction of massive commuter suburbs and then talk about traffic congestion as a thing that just happens, a force of nature rather than an inevitable consequence of careless urban planning.

    • SteveQ 10:08 on 2017/10/06 Permalink

      We just needed to look at American cities to realize that developping far away suburbs would eventually lead to major traffic congestions. But we didn’t and we are now in the same trap. Sad !

      Now, if they allow to develop more, well, things will only get worst. It’s very simple.

    • mare 10:43 on 2017/10/06 Permalink

      The suburbs are allowing the development of these new subdivisions themselves, without any government oversight. They need the tax dollars, and have the space. For example Boisbriand advertises their new developments with big billboards “only 20 minutes from Montreal”, and then expects highway 15 to magically widen into a 10 line highway. Which will eventually happen because too many voters are involved to ignore them, and the province will build one, with money left over from their austerity measures.

      Without a body of government (the province) that sets a master plan and can make municipalities stick to it, nothing will change and the Montreal agglomeration will grow larger and larger and the traffic congestion will get worse and worse.

      Toll bridges to the island won’t help, nobody is going to give up their suburban lifestyle and move to the city. It might just offset the maintenance of Montreal’s crumbling infrastructure.

      Anecdotal evidence: we had a young couple with two kids move from the burbs into the 7 1/2 apartment in our building. Despite being urban planners they used their car for everything and complained loudly about the noise that other tenants and neighbours made, like walking on creaking floors in a 1928 building. Theiy had high shouting matches themselves with their kids but that was ‘normal’. Their kids never played with other kids in the alleyway, and they never socialized with neighbours either. They lasted a year before they moved back to the burbs, and only that long because they didn’t want to break their lease.

    • MargaretG 11:11 on 2017/10/06 Permalink

      Re: the couple from the burbs, it sound like they made an honest effort to try to make the city work for their family, but it couldn’t meet their needs in the end. I applaud the effort. If the city isn’t prepared to make changes that will attract families, that’s ok, but it only makes sense that families will eventually seek out something more suitable.

    • ant6n 12:37 on 2017/10/06 Permalink

      You can have a single family house + car lifestyle all over Montreal, even in the Plateau and Ville-Marie.

      The sad thing about sprawl is that we’ve known the issues, we’ve known the causes, we’ve known the solutions, all for a long time. We even have a plan to try to stop it (PMAD). But then it all gets ignored and we just build more sprawl and infrastructure that encourages sprawl.

    • Ali Bear 18:48 on 2017/10/07 Permalink

      Couple from burbs sounds like they weren’t patient enough. It can take up to six years to get used to living in a community again. Suburban isolation causes serious social damage, but it can usually be reversed if treated in time, and for a long enough duration.

  • Kate 08:00 on 2017/10/06 Permalink | Reply  

    Promises are coming thick and fast in the mayoral campaign:

    Both Coderre and Plante have promised more money for culture with Coderre putting the spin on prolonging features from the 375th celebrations.

    Plante is talking about converting the Blue Bonnets site into a new neighbourhood for families by ordaining that a majority of the construction should include three bedrooms or more.

    Coderre attended this week’s all-night support-for-the-homeless event, for an hour, and talked about supporting them.

    Coderre is also promising to do something about the Black Rock, even though Hydro-Quebec bought the land recently with plans that don’t include a memorial to the Irish ship fever victims.

    • Douglas 13:07 on 2017/10/06 Permalink

      I like the Blue Bonnets idea.

    • Kate 18:23 on 2017/10/06 Permalink

      Yes, and it sounds great, but where are the legal mechanisms? The same issues come into play here that created the sprawl and congestion mentioned in the next post: there are limits to what cities can order developers to do. We worship the free market, and if there’s more profit in building towers of 700-sq-ft condos with one bedroom on the island of Montreal, that’s what will get built, even while we know this kind of construction means more families will flee off-island. Talk alone will not fix this.

    • ant6n 01:02 on 2017/10/07 Permalink

      Zoning and developer rights? I mean, isn’t the reason we don’t have enough multi-family stuff because the city doesn’t really care, as long as something gets built?

      I thought the city owns the Bonnets now, this means they can mandate whatever they want.

  • Kate 07:06 on 2017/10/06 Permalink | Reply  

    Weekend traffic notes: avoid the Mercier bridge; the Deux-Montagnes train line will not be operating; more undoubtedly to come.

  • Kate 06:59 on 2017/10/06 Permalink | Reply  

    TVA says the orange line is down Friday morning till 7:30 but doesn’t mention it also went down Thursday evening, long enough for buses to be put on instead. Orange line’s Twitter feed. TVA link plays video.

    CBC radio says it’s still down at 7:30 between Henri-Bourassa and Berri-UQÀM. Emergency buses are running.

    8:00, service is back.

    • Yves 12:41 on 2017/10/06 Permalink

      The problem with saying “the orange line is down” is that we always blame the STM for lack of maintenance or whatever. But the interruption this morning was actually caused by someone jumping in front of the train at the Laurier station. My co worker was waiting at this station when it happened… ouch. A few years ago, I remember reading that, in the fall, there was 1 suicide attempt per day. I don’t know if it is still the case.

    • Kate 14:08 on 2017/10/06 Permalink

      Apparently last night’s outage was a technical breakdown of some kind, so that happens too. It’s a complex system that involves human and mechanical factors all of which are prone to faults of various kinds, and there’s a limit to which these can be reduced.

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