Jean Charest is blandishing Montreal wit…
Jean Charest is blandishing Montreal with half a billion imaginary dollars, mostly intended toward modernizing (?) our metro stations, although he stops short of promising us the blue line extension to Anjou.
In the Radio-Canada piece there’s also a list of things Charest would help pay for toward the 375th anniversary celebrations in 2017. Two of them stick out:
• Construction d’un nouveau pavillon de verre au Jardin botanique
• Agrandissement de l’Insectarium
Authorities appear to regard the botanical gardens as an empty space ripe for development. In recent years we’ve seen new aménagements built, ranging from the “tree house” building to the First Nations pavilion to a large seed bank building behind the greenhouses. Each of these things has some worthy justification but each one eats up more of the finite green space.
At the same time, the cost of visiting the gardens has skyrocketed. It’s $17.75 for an adult to go in there now, at least double what it was when I used to bike over from the Plateau five years ago.
There should seriously be a moratorium on paving even another square foot of those gardens, and some thought should go into whether it’s beneficial to peg the admission fee too high for many people to consider a visit.