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Apparently more and more cameras are being installed around lower St-Laurent and also on St-Denis. Feedback varies, but ehere are some stats:

The Gazette writes:

Since the Robot Cam program started, the theft rate along St. Denis St. has dropped by 38 per cent and assaults on the street have gone down by eight per cent, said Inspector Sylvain Lemay, the Montreal police officer in charge of the pilot project.

Police expect to have 18 cameras along St. Laurent, as far north as Duluth Ave., by June 15... 

What do you guys think?
An update on that project from Radio Canada:

La Société du Havre de Montréal propose de transformer la portion de l'autoroute Bonaventure entre les rues Brennan et Saint-Jacques, près du centre-ville, en boulevard urbain. Ce boulevard deviendrait le prolongement de la rue University.

Selon la Société, la démolition de quelque 800 mètres de la partie surélevée de l'autoroute et l'aménagement d'un boulevard bordé d'arbres coûteraient quelque 90 millions de dollars. Par contre, la transformation générerait des investissements privés de plusieurs centaines de millions de dollars en hôtels, édifices à bureaux et autres projets immobiliers.

Selon la Société, la démolition de quelque 800 mètres de la partie surélevée de l'autoroute et l'aménagement d'un boulevard bordé d'arbres coûteraient quelque 90 millions de dollars. Par contre, la transformation générerait des investissements privés de plusieurs centaines de millions de dollars en hôtels, édifices à bureaux et autres projets immobiliers.
Ok, apparently, there's an alternative proposal which envisages a museum:

Voir Montréal du haut d'un silo
(Journal de Montréal) Jean-François Codère
Le Journal de Montréal

Malgré les délais bureaucratiques qui s'étirent, le Musée d'art contemporain souhaite toujours transformer le célèbre silo n° 5 du Vieux-Port en attrait touristique. Son nouveau plan, qui sera rendu public au cours des prochaines semaines, prévoit notamment un observatoire avec vue sur la ville.
Here's what they want to do to my favorite building in the entire world (grain elevator No 5): they want to turn it into a HOTEL!

I have mixed feelings about it - on the one hand, I am appalled, on the other hand, I'll finally have a chance to live there - even if it's only for a night or two...
gribouille - looks like your plan for opening a grocery store underneath the elevated highway is not going to be viable in 2025.

However, can I just say one thing: THANK YOU, La société du havre, for recognizing that the most ridiculously damaging thing in the area is that damn elevated highway. It cuts (former) Griffintown in two, separates the western part of the neighborhood and, as a result, the area west of the highway is completely dead right now. Almost no residential development (aside from lofts on Peel st), no stores, no bars - nothing.

May be if the highway was flattened à là Ave du Parc / des Pins, people would finally start crossing this border and the neighborhood would extend west.
Here's a good post with a historical perspective.

It shows the beautiful houses that were bulldozed in 1959 in order to make way for that horrible structure that doesn't even exist now and was perhaps never really necessary.

Complete with 1959 drawings of the project.
LeDevoir published a short article on our "dream city" mentioning several well-known and not-so-well-known projects. Tramways were mentioned, of course - all 200 km of them, but there were some new tidbits, too.

For, example, as useful as it is to get your gas @ at the corner of St-Laurent and St-Catherine, perhaps such a central location deserves something other than a gas station. Borough Ville-Marie seems to be thinking along the same lines:

Il faut dire que, il y a quelque mois déjà, le maire de l'arrondissement Ville-Marie, Benoît Labonté, avait fait connaître la proposition architecturale qui allait donner au carrefour Saint-Laurent/Sainte-Catherine un nouveau visage. Et surtout, lors de cette annonce, on informait que Gaétan Demers, à qui l'on doit cette réussite qu'est le Quartier international, serait le maître d'oeuvre du projet.  
Same place as everybody else - browsing the local blogs
I remember talking to Crimsonsky about a curious phenomenon in Canadian cities - namely, the mushrooming "mini-Chinatowns" that spring up all over, in areas not previously thought of as having anything to do with Asia.

Apparently, the same thing was happening to Downtown West - namely, the area between Guy and Atwater.

Frankly, I think calling it "Chinatown West" is going a tad to far: I've visited dozens if not hundreds of time and the fact that it's a new "Chinatown" somehow escaped me. Yes, there are some Asian eateries and cafés, but they are quite far from forming a majority.

Nevertheless, this article makes for an interesting read:

P.S. Blogarazzi - since you LIVE in this new "Chinatown", I'd be particularly interested in hearing your opinion...
I recently read a good post @ Coolopolis, which despite being a little "out there" (see below), made some good points:

By building into the clouds, Montreal would grab headlines and an exciting vibe in the same way that Dubai has been getting relentless world attention for its imaginative architecture. We could stem suburban sprawl by forcing the local epicenter back into the downtown area and also by incorporating condos into the tower. Building high rather than wide - as Le Corbusier pointed out - allows the greening of the city, as less land is required. Giant parks could be created near the base of the building where shorter buildings would otherwise sit.  

The gist of the rest of this post is that Montreal needs to do something brave architecturally to become, once again, a city to reckon with.

The proposal is a bit outlandish, though:

So for around twice the price of the $800 million metro to Laval, our governments could build the world's tallest building, which would actually make money for the gov't....

Coolopolis proposes a building, such as the world has never seen: a horizontal skyscraper. It would be the next wonder of the world. Such a structure would contain a combination of submerged and above-water housing & offices & stores and a tunnel where trains and car traffic would run through to the South Shore. 

Would be interested in getting your feedback on ideas like these...
This is excellent... Crimsonsky - you asked about South Shore - well, for some people it doesn't really exist because they think everything south of Montreal is the United States.

And where is South, anyway?

Check this out, this is quite funny:

P.S. a larger JPG is also available:

P.P.S. Although I agree with most, I've never heard of anyone who thought St-Talon was parallel to Ave du Parc...
Also, on a related topic, here are the biggest metro areas in Canada:

Deux nouvelles métropoles

Le Canada compte désormais six régions métropolitaines abritant plus de un million de personnes:

* Toronto: 5,1 millions
* Montréal: 3,6 millions
* Vancouver: 2,1 millions
* Ottawa-Gatineau: 1,1 million

Deux villes albertaines apparaissent sur cette liste pour la première fois. Les populations de Calgary et d'Edmonton ont profité du boom économique de l'Alberta, dont la population a augmenté de 10,6 % entre 2001 et 2006.
Given the above numbers, I am wondering what Andrew Boisclair meant when he uttered something like "Montreal is slowly losing people and I am going to change that" during his campaign. Seems like Montreal is NOT losing anyone, unless he has more recent stats covering only the dynamic of 2005-2006... (I doubt it)

So, the numbers from Stats-Canada are in! How are we doing?

Turns out, growing slower than most other cities in Canada.

En mai 2006, Montréal comptait 1 620 693 citoyens comparativement à 1 583 590 en 2001. 

That's nice, but that's a 2.3% growth (Canada as a whole grew 5.4%)

Within Montreal Metro Area which includes Montreal proper, all the snooty guys who are on the same island but didn't want to be with us and the surrounding area, the growth numbers are as follows:
Variation de population dans la région montréalaise:

# Montréal: 2,3 %
# Laval: 7,5 %
# Montréal-Est: 7,8 %
# Westmount: 3,9 %
# Montréal-Ouest: 0,2 %
# Côte-Saint-Luc: 3,8 %
# Hampstead: 0,3 %
# Mont-Royal: 1,3 %
# Dorval: 2,2 %
# Pointe-Claire: 3,0 %
# Kirkland: 0,3 %
# Beaconsfield: -0,6 %
# Baie-D'Urfé: 2,3 %
# Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue: 2,7 %
# Senneville: -0,8 %
# Dollard-Des-Ormeaux: 1,5 %
Here's a little pre-election grub: the Green party has proposed toll boths on bridges which would generate enough money to pay for the tramway network:

Le chef du Parti vert, Scott McKay, a proposé dimanche d'installer des postes de péage sur les ponts de la région de Montréal. Un péage de 2 $ permettrait selon M. McKay d'accumuler quelque 500 millions de dollars par année. Les trois quarts de cette somme serviraient au transport en commun, notamment à la création d'un réseau de 200 km de tramways électriques fabriqués par Bombardier.

What do you guys (especially those commuting from South Shore) think?
$2 ?
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