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Ok, the Avenue du Parc renaming saga continues. As one would imagine, Ave du Parc merchants are not taking this lying down:

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/montreal/story/2006/12/14/qc-parchireslawyers20061214.html

I actually talked to one of the store owners about this recently. He, like many others, is against it. Not only because he'll have to reprint his stationary and business cards....

He told me something else which makes a lot of sense. Although not many people realize it, there's a connection that exists between Montréal and New York. We are both island cities. New Yorkers have their Central Park, we have Park Mont Royal (planned by the same person, by the way). The have their "west" and "east" streets, so we have "ouest" and "est". In place of Broadway we have St-Laurent. They have the Village, we have the Village. They are both gay. (Not that there's anything wrong with it). Our two cities are the only places in North America where you CAN NOT turn right on red. Everywhere else you can.

I am not even mentioning many distinguished architects who built both here and in NYC. (Ree and Alban - you remember Westmount Square? Vividly? When you are in New York this weekend, walk by Seagram Building on Park Avenue and see if you spot any similarities... Both were designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe)

So, essentially, we are a "mini-New York" here. So, it's only fitting that we have our Park Avenue, too. Ok, let's call it Avenue du Parc. But it IS our Park Avenue! Let's keep this simple and pretty name... We can name something else after Mr. Bourassa.
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The latest is this: Montreal Gazette reported that an architect proposed a compromise, apparently supported by those opposed to renaming:
Call it Plaza, Place or Piazza Robert Bourassa, if you'd like, but a Montreal architect is urging the city to transform the newly rebuilt Pine/Park Interchange into a public esplanade, name it after the late premier and ditch plans to rename Park Ave. and Bleury St.... 
 
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