Montreal doesn’t shine in Canadian Monopoly
Metro’s blogger is a little irked at the dull spot Montreal gets on the new Canadian Monopoly board but concludes it’s partly because we don’t have a single, riveting symbol that can be used to represent the city.
Too many of the city’s focal symbols date back to a time when it was a given that Quebec was solidly Catholic, and apparently the choice of St. Joseph’s Oratory for the world Monopoly board already ruffled a few feathers. Images of the illuminated cross, the statue of the Virgin atop Bonsecours church, the façade of Notre-Dame, would be equally unsuitable. And the only notable major things dating from after the Quiet Revolution are the Olympic stadium – images of which will always give a Montrealer a twinge of worry about the roof – and the remnants of Expo 67 – the U.S. pavilion and the Casino. I don’t think so.
Draw Montreal in a few chalk lines and you’ll sketch a mountain and a cross (how many logos have used variations on this?) but it’s not going to fly. I’d have to choose between the Jacques-Cartier bridge and perhaps the Man statue on the island, visible from the Old Port.