Woman tries to save Park Ex footbridge
A graphic designer on a mission is trying to save the old footbridge that used to connect Jarry Park to Park Extension over the tracks. It was a pretty cool feature when it was still usable (I hung out up there a few times, taking photos and looking at birds and so forth – and people definitely did use it to get over the tracks) but the city removed the stairs a few years ago.
I don’t quite buy the argument that because a foot overpass has stairs, that makes it inaccessible and therefore a Bad Thing – there are lots of foot overpasses here and there in this city, are we going to condemn them all because not everyone can use them?
But it’s fair to point out the pedestrian level crossing a block north, used by a lot of folks (and admittedly more useful to cyclists, people pushing strollers and so forth) means at least the loss of the footbridge didn’t put up a barrier to Park Ex folks wanting to visit the park.
I have a theory that the footbridge was condemned not because it was in bad shape but because it brought people over too close to the precious tennis facility, and you don’t want to subject your elite tennis people to the sight of an endless procession of women in hijab and black schoolkids and Indian grannies with cardigans over their saris and other people from a non-elite world. But maybe not.
(By the way – “Montreal Dairy”?)