Radio-Canada sounds a hopeful note about a youth cure on the Main but does anyone like that glass box proposed to replace the world that once existed between the Monument-National and the Cléopâtre? Work is supposed to begin in October, and the Centre d’histoire is meant to move into it – I don’t know what will become of the beautiful old firehouse on Place Youville.
Update: CBC’s English side picked up the same note from Radio-Canada and calls it a makeover for the block. A makeover would be a lick of paint and a few new street lights. This is no makeover: it’s a radical departure in the nature of the street.
I seriously think they chose the wrong developer and the wrong plan here, including the 12‑storey building intended for the corner of Ste-Catherine, but just wait till we see what’s going to replace the Spectrum a little further west. The whole soi-disant Quartier des Spectacles will soon be a soulless canyon among glass boxes.
Meantime, they also report that it will take at least two years before the Esplanade Clark will exist.