City projects that never saw the light
Fascinating piece about various wacky projects narrowly dodged by the city over the years, most of them dating from the Drapeau era. There’s the campus that would’ve razed half the Plateau, the tower on Mount Royal, many more highways giving total primacy to car traffic everywhere, and a massive metro system built in expectation the city would have seven million inhabitants by the year 2000. (You can’t enlarge the metro map in the article, but you can see it on Marc Dufour’s metro site.)
There are some good quotes from Richard Bergeron and other urbanists, but this one from Dinu Bumbaru is still very relevant: Souvent, les administrations municipales pensent qu’un parc, c’est simplement un endroit qui attend d’être bâti. But it’s also worth pondering Bergeron’s thoughts on the shame we felt in the 1960s about our older neighbourhoods, an impulse that seems incomprehensible now.