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  • Kate 22:12 on 2017/10/07 Permalink | Reply  

    Manger, c’est voter.

    Normand Laprise
     
  • Kate 08:52 on 2017/10/07 Permalink | Reply  

    Radio-Canada looks at the eight candidates on the mayoral ticket in Montreal.

    Nominations closed October 6. The Gazette has a page with a pull-down feature listing all the candidates – headed, on the page I got, by a video commercial for the Conservative Party (bleah).

    Valérie Plante is pushing for a cycling expressway made safer in various ways than existing bike paths, as cycling becomes a major thing in the campaign. CBC summarizes the various proposals re cycling.

    François Cardinal makes a plea for an end to the “autoroute” across the mountain.

    Ironically, for all that I’m perceived as anti-car, I have to say that the occasional ride over the mountain with friends who drive has always been a pleasure. Also, the tradition of driving up to the eastern lookout would have to end. But Camillien Houde himself said that they’d build a road over the mountain over his dead body (which, essentially, they did) and maybe we’re finally realizing he was right.

     
    • Poutine Pundit 11:14 on 2017/10/07 Permalink

      He’s not talking about eliminating roads altogether but of creating “deux boucles fermées, l’une à partir d’Outremont, l’autre de Côte-des-Neiges”–except for transit, which could go through. You could still drive to the eastern lookout from the eastern side.

    • Ephraim 12:00 on 2017/10/07 Permalink

      And of course, the mountain shouldn’t be accessible for the handicapped. The old. The infirm. It should be limited to those who are fully able bodied.

    • Daisy 14:12 on 2017/10/07 Permalink

      Maybe there could be some sort of accessible transportation system other than a slew of personal fast-moving automobiles though? (Many old people don’t drive, and some that do shouldn’t.) Some kind of tram maybe?

    • Blork 14:32 on 2017/10/07 Permalink

      I wonder if closing the road to through-traffic would create other problems that are worse. For example, the added traffic on Côte-Sainte-Catherine and Ave. de Pins. Are those streets ready to take the extra burden?

      Also, it means that people on the east side will only have easy access to the east-side lookouts and people on the west will only have easy access to the west-side lookouts. OK, that’s not the biggest problem ever, but it’s a bit sad. I imagine that if the road had ALWAYS been blocked to through traffic that there would be a lot of noise (by the same people) about opening up the mountain and making it more accessible.

    • ant6n 21:43 on 2017/10/07 Permalink

      Cars could access from both side. Plus, the bus is also accessible.

    • Ephraim 22:10 on 2017/10/07 Permalink

      Blork, Pine clearly can’t handle it. It regularly backs up all the way to Park Avenue now.

    • ant6n 22:17 on 2017/10/07 Permalink

      The street is used for largely non-local through-traffic. The traffic may disperse across much further areas than just Cote-St-Catherine and Pine, but also Sherbrooke, Renee Levesque, Van Horne, Jean-Talon.

      If cities can tear down urban multi-lane highways with traffic dispersing, I think it should be possible to get rid of a single two lane road — which incidentally has gotten slower over the years, due to all the stop signs.

    • JaneyB 08:57 on 2017/10/08 Permalink

      @Ephraim – agreed. Transplants and the anti-car folk often forget that many Montrealers have aging parents and grandparents who like to be driven around on weekends. Taking a 85yo grandmother on the bus is just not on: it’s too crowded, too abrupt and they get tired quickly and sometimes need bulky equipment. If you have one or two little kids and an aging parent, there will be field trips that require cars. Car access is surprisingly important for places like parks.

  • Kate 08:10 on 2017/10/07 Permalink | Reply  

    Architect Dan Hanganu has died. Hanganu marked the city with buildings like the Pointe-à-Callière history museum and the HEC on Côte-Ste-Catherine. Born in Romania, Hanganu lived here for decades. He was 78.

    Illustrator Francis Back has also died. Son of a more famous father, he did a lot of historical re-creation work.

     
  • Kate 07:53 on 2017/10/07 Permalink | Reply  

    Following the CBC item, CTV now looks at the group with ideas for reviving the Empress Theatre. Nobody can deny it’s in a great location for an NDG arts centre but nobody can get the financial and political support needed to pull it off.

     
    • JaneyB 09:01 on 2017/10/08 Permalink

      They should approach some wealthier people in Toronto. Some of them are from Montreal and have forgotten about the Empress but might be open to some investing. I can’t see the bucks coming from the province or the city.

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