MOUNT ROYAL

A committee is currently meeting to study the future of Mount Royal.  On one side are heritage and conservation groups that seek to slow or stop development on the mountain. This group wants elements on the mountain e.g. playgrounds, parks, lawns to be named “untouchable.”  On the other side are institutional landowners seeking to expand their facilities on the mountain — like McGill University, University of Montreal, St. Joseph’s Oratory and two hospitals.   A spokesman for the development group says the restrictions of the heritage group are “incompatible with the dynamic nature of a city, and with the dynamic nature of our institutions.”   Is a compromise possible here before it is too late?

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  1. 1
    Alien Says:

    What makes Montreal special in part, is the mountain, and not the institutions on the mountain. One thing is for sure, once it’s gone, it’s gone. What’s the solution? Well as is the case in even all my other personal opinions, I don’t know, and probably you don’t either. Everything is so intertwinded today, that no matter what decision is taken, not everybody will be pleased. But lets not forget that there is only one mountain, I guess the island of Montreal is like Japan, you get to a point where you build up and not out. How about the airport they built in the ocean, wow.

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    Barbara Says:

    I suppose if you build up enough, Alien, you won’t be able to see the mountain any more.

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    jim Says:

    A spokesperson for a heritage group
    said the land grabbing plans of the institutional groups “are incompatible with the serene needs of the city.” We should be just as firm with Olmsted’s park in Montreal as NYC is with Olmsted’s Central Park, by not giving up one square inch of terra firma.


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