Lower Main

Spacing Montreal has been following plans to revitalize Lower Saint-Laurent within the Quartier des Spectacles. Here’s an overview of the story’s development over the past 2 years:

January 2008 – First stirrings of changes in store for the Lower Main
http://spacingmontreal.ca/2008/01/29/big-changes-in-store-for-the-lower-main/

January 2008 – Cultural space to be built on Saint-Laurent metro
http://spacingmontreal.ca/2008/01/27/cultural-space-to-be-built-on-saint-laurent-metro/

May 2009 – Lower Main may be razed…again (history of the street and buildings facing redevelopment)
http://spacingmontreal.ca/2009/05/07/lower-main-may-be-razedagain/

May 2009 – 2-22 Sainte-Catherine: a look at the plans for the QDS’ “vitrine culturelle”
http://spacingmontreal.ca/2009/05/27/2-22-ste-catherine-a-whole-new-street/

May 2009 – SDA’s plans for the Quadrilatère Saint-Laurent
http://spacingmontreal.ca/2009/05/29/the-latest-on-the-lower-main/

August 2009 – Public Consultation Office recommends that the Quadrilatère Saint-Laurent project “slow down”
http://spacingmontreal.ca/2009/08/09/slow-down-quadrilatere-saint-laurent/

December 2009 – Video interview with Eric Paradis, organizer of Save the Main artists’ coalition
http://spacingmontreal.ca/2009/12/12/save-the-main/

January 2010 – The Lower Main’s last stand – City orders expropriation of Café Cleopatra after the SDA acquires most of the properties for the Quadrilatère Saint-Laurent.
http://spacingmontreal.ca/2010/01/30/the-lower-mains-last-stand/

January 2010 – Interview with Café Cleopatra’s owner John Zoumboulakis
http://spacingmontreal.ca/2010/02/01/addendum-cafe-cleos-john-zoumboulakis/

February 2010 – SDA Backpedals on Lower Main Redevelopment – the 3 projects are delayed and diminished in scale.
http://spacingmontreal.ca/2010/02/14/SDA-backpedals-on-Lower-Main

December 2011 – Sad End in Sight for the Lower Main – after 2 years of neglect, the Ville Marie borough orders demolition of five buildings
http://spacingmontreal.ca/2011/12/24/sad-end-in-sight-for-the-lower-main/

This post will be updated with new links as we continue to follow this unfolding story.

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