Courtesey of Signé Turcot
While many Montrealers wait with baited breath as the hearings of the Bureau des Audiences Publiques sur l’Environnement (BAPE) are set to begin deciding the fate of the Turcot Interchange (and some would argue the future of regional transportation), the online presence of this interchange grows larger each month. The purveyors of this information deal in various media – text, video, photos and graphic art – however all share the same ‘blogosphere’, each with their own unique niche. I suspect that not only the transportation fetishists who would appreciate a short tour of the online world of the Turcot Interchange, so here goes:
An information clearinghouse-style of blog – which goes simply by the moniker ‘Turcot’ – bills itself as an ‘one-stop shop’ of information on the Turcot project. It covers all the practical details, including the MTQ’s proposal, some alternative proposals, some of the issues raised (eg. health, environment, economy), the B.A.P.E. process as well as an archive of news and multimedia links. For those desiring a rounded and unbiased intro to the project, as well as information on how to produce a memoire for the BAPE hearings, this site is indispensable.
The picture above comes from Signé Turcot, a blog that takes a witty look at this “junction with issues” through compelling graphic images, at once both heartfelt and incisive. I don’t know much about the creator, however it appear that they live in the industrial loft building at 781 St. Remi, slated for demolition under the current proposal. For Signé Turcot, this has clearly gotten personal.
Initially one of the lone voices in the wilderness condemning the proposal, Mobilisation Turcot is collection of neighbourhood and community groups united in their opposition to the project. Recently, they launched a legal challenge, arguing that the purview of the BAPE considering the Turcot dossier should be expended to include secondary and long-term effects. They have been in the mainstream press a lot lately and are clearly busy preparing for the BAPE process, leaving little time to update their website.
Of course, no survey of Turcot blogs would be complete without mention of “Neath’s” long-standing blog, Walking Turcot Yards. While originally inspired by the weird and massive vacant Turcot Yards, the blog provides insightful commentaries on Montreal politics, anecdotes of creative urban regeneration projects from around the word and an amazing archive of photos of the Turcot Interchange past and present.
The voices of opposition to the Turcot are getting stronger and refining their unique approaches to the issue. With the BAPE hearings set to begin in late June, check back at these blogs (and Spacing Montreal, of course!) as this saga continues to unfold.