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Thread: Montreal reveals plans for Rue Ste Catherine makeover in 2017

  1. #1
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    Montreal reveals plans for Rue Ste Catherine makeover in 2017

    Sounds like a good idea, but what a mess (quel bordel!) it will create while under construction.

    Ste-Catherine Street West makeover plans revealed
    Construction to start in spring 2017
    CBC News Posted: May 13, 2015

    The new, revitalized Ste-Catherine Street West will feature reduced speed limits, fewer parking spots, free Wi-Fi and heated sidewalks.

    Details of the first phase of the street's $95-million, four-year makeover were revealed today at city hall.
    Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre said electric car charging stations will also be added and eco-friendly, artistic street lighting will be incorporated into the design.
    There will be more places to sit, more trees and the speed limit will be reduced to 30 km/h.
    "This isn't just for the next five years," Coderre said.

    "It's really for the longterm."

    While all the details haven't been finalized, Projet Ste-Catherine Ouest, the group in charge of the revitalization efforts, is looking at several ways to revamp the portion of the street used by traffic and pedestrians, including:

    • Widening sidewalks from 4.25 metres on each side to 6.5 metres.
    • Reducing the number of on-street parking spots in some areas.

    Ste-Catherine Street's underground infrastructure, including sewers and aqueducts, are aging and will get some much-needed repairs before the new streetscaping begins.
    The work will be done in two phases. Ste-Catherine Street West between Bleury and Mansfield — including Phillips Square — will be done first.
    Once that's complete, the revamping between Mansfield and Atwater Avenue will take place.
    Business owners concerned

    Some business owners are worried the revamp will mean years of construction — and short-term pain.
    "It's all nice to say we're going to work with the stores and help them out," said Phil Iachino, manager of Chaussures Berti.
    "We're going to have to suffer to make the city more beautiful in the next 10 years."

    Coderre ruled out the possibility of giving compensation to businesses who suffer during the changes.

    Project lacks ambition, opposition says

    The opposition Projet Montréal isn't in favour of the plans.

    Glenn Castanheira, an advisor to the party, told CBC Montreal's Homerun the project lacks ambition.
    "We will not reinvent and revitalize Ste-Catherine simply with free Wi-Fi and heated sidewalks," he said.

    Castanheira said there should be more emphasis on public squares and green spaces to attract creative people, which in turn will attract more businesses seeking quality employees.
    Earlier in the day, party leader Luc Ferrandez said sidewalks should be made even wider and parking on the street should be eliminated.

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    looks pretty good

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    8 years later, and I'm sure at least 50 % over budget...

    I am sure it will be beautiful

    I hope they install proper bicycle access as well

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    Quote Originally Posted by smuler View Post

    I hope they install proper bicycle access as well
    From the descriptions I've read, the plan does not appear to include a bike lane, although that's not clear. However, eliminating a lot of the street parking should make the street more bike friendly (right now, it's downright dangerous for bikes). It will certainly be much more pedestrian friendly. In any case, there are good east-west bike lanes on streets that run parallel to Ste. Catherine.

    A group called Projet Montreal proposed an alternative plan that would have banned cars from Ste. Catherine. If you could run tram lines down the center of the street, that might be a good idea. But I don't think banning cars completely from Ste. Catherine is a good idea. I think the city's plan is restrictive enough.

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    C'est un prolongement de ce qu'ils ont fait a la place des arts dans le fond. Pas vraiment beau,pas vraiment pratique, pas vraiment accessible ni pour les piétons ni les vélos ni les autos. Ça va être neuf durant un certain temps...
    Encore une décision tiède. Pas de stationnement de plus, pas d'espace piéton permanent de plus...

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    Is there any chance of a hidden agenda to 'clean up' or gentrify parts of Ste-Catherine?

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    Quote Originally Posted by legmann View Post
    Is there any chance of a hidden agenda to 'clean up' or gentrify parts of Ste-Catherine?
    I had to visit one of these areas a few years ago when my future ex flushed my pot down the toilet, met a squeegee kid and offered $20 to find me some weed, driving home happy in 15 min.

    As for St. Catherine street it is a nice place to shop for different types of clothing or items, a makeover would really help the area.. I really like the no car idea, businesses could set up shop in the street in the summer ( artists, face painters, small family business ).

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    FIY The only countries that have heated sidewalks are Norway and Iceland, two places that have hydro electricity to burn. If they do the heated sidewalks they wil shut it down after a few years because it will be too expensive to heat.

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