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Jason Prince notes that the flash flood caused earlier this week made the Glen Road buckle down near the MUHC site.
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zb4tKrNYhi4 shows that area during the deluge.
I was on the Glen a day later and it was completely repaired by the local city there called Westmount. The neighbouring villages of St-Henri and St-Cunegonde have not been able to manage as well since they were annexed by MTL in 1905 and 1906. “Je me souviendrai des fusions forcées”.
Yes, the “indenpendent” “village” of Westmount, which also happens to be the richest municipality in Quebec.
How convenient there’s already tons of construction going on there for Westmount’s underground skating rink. Good to have money to throw around now that they’re free of the shackles of SW Montreal, they must have been awfully broke during that forced merger period. :D It’s not like Saint-Henri-des-Tanneries was a rich neighbourhood when it got incorporated, likewise with Ste-Cunegonde, now Little Burgundy. FWIW, the MUHC site is in NDG, Saying de Courcelles is a better indicator of location.
For sure the cost of the repair is not going to hurt the taxpayers in Westmount. What impressed me was the speed at which they responded and fixed the problem. I’m used to pilons and detours.
I was a member of the Société historique de Saint-Henri for a number of years and I actually don’t know what their finances were like when they were annexed (and I do know that the population was not the richest) but it seemed to me at the time that a lot of the area’s character and institutions were decimated when Montreal took over. When I looked at what they had (a College for instance) it always made me mad. It was probably the same on the other side of town when the town of Maisonneuve was annexed with Hochelaga Ward of Montreal. (Maisonneuve was bankrupt at the time).
Jonathan, that’s quite the video of the Glen scene.
Ian: you are right. The MUHC is strictly on the Montreal side of the border.
St-Henri: I think in those days a “college” was a collège classique, basically a high school with brothers teaching Latin to boys, but not a college as we mean it now (post-secondary).
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