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Montreal Monday: Slowing down development, hazelnut trees and mysterious footsteps

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

• Slow down! That was the message voiced by the Public Consultation Bureau of Montreal’s report regarding a $167-million dollar real estate development planned for Montreal’s historic Main at Saint-Laurent and Ste-Catherine.  After receiving over 30 memoirs and a petition, the Bureau has decided that more time is needed before a final architectural concept is chosen.

• Bronwyn Chester takes a look at the nut tree that named an island.  Who would have thought that the native beaked hazelnut, really only a bush that grows no more than three metres high, is the reason behind the name of àŽle aux Coudres, a large, inhabited island in the St. Lawrence River.

• Mysterious footsteps along with “Réclamez un passage” have been stenciled onto a dangerous intersection in the Villeray neighbourhood.  They raise the question of why more traffic-calming measures like the many in use in the Plateau district aren’t more prevalent in other areas of the city.

Photo by KC Bolton