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An urban design guru praises the urban density of the Plateau as a model to be emulated.
Chris, Stefan, and Blork are discussing. Toggle Comments
Clearly he hasn’t tried to shop on Mont-Royal after a snowstorm when there’s only a narrow footpath on the sidewalk and 5000 pedestrians per block trying to use it.
Leaving other factors such as varying tax base aside, it is clear that greater density=more $$/square meter of public space, be it clearing snow from sidewalks, maintaining roads, or parks. The previous administration of the Plateau had diverted that money to clear roads first, but that should be a thing of the past.
IMHO the problem with Mont-Royal is that cars are still allowed to pass through (read: not just entering for delivery, or shopping). It is even an officially declared route for trucks. Designated for pedestrians, they wouldn’t have to squeeze.
Blork, you’re right: the sidewalk is too narrow. Most/all of the space used for 4 car lanes (2 parked, 2 moving) should be re-appropriated for non-car use.
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