Montreal Monday: Highway developments distress, Hippodrome’s demise, restoring residential slums

Each Monday, we bring you some of the popular posts from our sister blog, Spacing Montréal. We’ll keep an eye open for topics and discussions that are pertinent to current public space issues in Toronto.

• Alanah Heffez examines the plan to fix the brutal gash created by the Ville Marie trench highway. This is part of a new Société Radio-Canada development plan that is meant to re-link the street grid through the site. Meanwhile, the MTQ continues to wallow with plans to build a new trench highway along Notre Dame Est.

• Michael Dunkelman writes about the closure of the Hippodrome. Though it will have a negative effect on Quebec’s horse-breeding industry, it’s a wonderful opportunity to develop low-income housing for thousands of families.

• Starting January 28th, the Office de Consultation Publique de Montréal (OPCM) is holding a meeting for a residential development plan in Ahuntsic-Cartierville. This initiative could restore some of the city’s worst slums with seven apartment and condo blocks, as well as a neighbourhood park.