Coolopolis has an interesting post on Richard Bergeron, summing up with the following observation: “The weakness of the Montreal Projectionarian Party [ed: Projet Montréal] is that they are anti-car and to be anti-car is to be anti movement and cities require people to move around.”  Anecdotal evidence of the impact of parking price increases, the difficulty of running multiple errands involving hockey equipment, and the unreasonable doubling of parking ticket prices (up to $82!!!) lead to the conclusion that cars=movement and that any policy not catering to drivers will be harmful to the city.

While auto access to commercial streets is certainly an important part of the picture, it’s definitely not the whole thing.  Studies done by Convercité on Montréal’s commercial streets reveal that in many cases, the vast majority of patrons arrive on foot, rather than by car.  On Sherbrooke in NDG, only 12% of respondents arrived by car.  While ensuring easy and affordable automobile access for short shopping trips is important, it shouldn’t be over-estimated, nor should it preclude consideration of the alternatives, from the conversion of a handful of parking spots to restaurant terrasses or bike parking to Projet Montréal’s trams.  It strikes me that Bergeron is less against cars than he is in favour of other forms of mobility, which have been largely ignored in the last sixty years in favour of a car-centric conception of street spaces that has done a significant amount of harm.


I remember hearing in a seminar course once the observation that the west end of Vieux-Montréal is in some ways slightly more ‘authentic’ than the east end.  While this seems true to experience, as the east end (with the place Jacques-Cartier and rue Saint-Paul) are a touch more tourist oriented, this observation went a little further and argued that in the east of Vieux-Montréal, the building stock has undergone significantly more alterations to ‘look more French’, with pitched roofs, etc… along the lines of part of Vieux-Québec.

In the west end, towards McGill Street, the anglification of the building stock, as Montréal became metropolis of a colonial Dominion, with all of the building boom that entailed in the latter half of the 19th century, was left relatively untouched.

Anyways, all this because Spacing Montréal‘s Guillaume St-Jean posted another one of his awesome now-and-then photo montages that shows a rows of buildings on rue Saint-Claude (a block east of place Jacques-Cartier) that received a little roof pitching.  Peut-être on pourraît dire que cette rangée a été refaite au Tremblant.