Lets just say a little bird told me. A little bird wouldnotice that kind of thing: with the Place des festivales nearing completion, where did they put the trees?
This image above shows plans for the Place des festivales released in July 2008. There are three rows of trees planted at the back of the plaza, along Boul. de Maisonneuve. Today’s nearly complete plaza has trees in the Western, grassy slope, but none along the street.
As much as the trees add flourish to the model, they irked festival honchos who dream of packing the QDS with festival-goers from Sainte-Catherine to de Maisonneuve and from Bleury to Clark. Who’d want a pesky tree blocking their once-in-a-lifetime view of the Jazz greats?
First they slashed the number of trees in the design from fifteen to three, and now even those three have been cut…or at least transplanted.
Paving stones betray the spots where a dozen trees were planned for the plaza
In March there were 3 trees on the northern edge of the Place des festivales (left). Now there are none.
And then the little bird raised another question: is it really a good idea for us flightless bipeds to pack ourselves into downtown lots by the hundreds of thousands? I mean, I had only good things to say about being immersed in a sea of 200,000 Montrealers during the Stevie Wonder show last summer…
But how much of our downtown is being designed just for that once-a-year day?