I’ve been putting it off for too long, but here finally is part two of my journey through Montreal’s various 1ière avenues. As I said in the last post, the purpose of this series is to visit the first street of every series of numbered streets in the city and take photos. In doing so, I hope to be able to show some of the city’s lesser-known neighbourhoods while looking for interesting things along the way. More explanation of this project can be found in the first post, linked above.
Now, on to 1re Avenue in the borough of Lasalle. I visited this street on the same rainy day as I did nearby Verdun but found a very different street. Much like Verdun, Lasalle is a former independent municipality that was merged with Montreal in 2002 and failed to de-merge afterward. This tends to be the case for many of the places where I’ve visited numbered streets which accounts for the reason why Montreal has so many. One thing I noticed in particular is the street signs in Lasalle. The borough has retained its municipal street sign design of white writing on a green background with a picture of the Moulin Fleming. I find it to be a very attractive street sign and it is nice to see local street signs that give a sense of place, rather than a generic sign for the entire city.
The street is only three blocks long on a typical Montreal grid. The series of numbered streets go west until 90e Avenue near Lachine but is only a regular series of numbered streets until 16e Avenue where the grid stops, and the streets become more suburban. After that, numbered streets only show up periodically with the streets in between having proper names.
The street begins at the Lachine Rapids at boul Lasalle. A beautiful park runs along the waterfront from Verdun all the way to Lachine.
When thinking of Lasalle, the image of those white brick duplexes with the garages in the basement so typical of inner-ring Montreal suburbs usually first come to mind. This generalisation is indeed more-or-less true, however, Lasalle has a sizable old section, mostly centred in the area with streets on a grid from the Douglas Hospital to about 9e Avenue. 1re Avenue is typical of this old section of Lasalle, mostly populated by two story, brick duplexes with exterior staircases to the second floor apartment.
Rue Centrale is a commercial artery that intersects with the numbered streets running through the old section of Lasalle and acts as a kind of main street. It’s a pleasant little street with a nice neighbourly feel and is more or less intact with few empty lots or parking where buildings should be.
Some more photos of the street after the jump.
The street ends at boul Champlain with the Aqueduc Canal separating old Lasalle from the newer suburban section to the north.
Next in this series: 1re Avenue, Part 3: Lachine.