Montrealers across the city are taking a renewed interest in their laneways. Since many of them are too narrow to work as service corridors, their original purpose, lanes can be used in different and more imaginative ways.
In October, the Plateau borough announced that an old alley behind St. Louis Square would be converted into a “country lane,” but that won’t be the first time something interesting has been done to a Plateau laneway.
That’s what I discovered when I came across the laneway running behind Milton Street between St. Urbain and Clark. Some time ago, I’m not sure when, the pavement was ripped up and replaced by a cinderblock path flanked on both sides by greenery. It’s a peaceful, bucolic space in a neighbourhood that can often be anything but.