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  1. I’m thinking simple artistic rendering or an noise barrier maybe; Atlantic avenue runs right next to train tracks. If it’s a noise barrier, I hope they get artsy with it (even I know the thing will be tagged to oblivion in a matter of days.
  2. It doesn’t have to be at every single station on the network, some stations are best suited for that service in terms of space and traffic. I’m thinking it could be a few or almost all of the following; Berri-Uqam, Lionel-Grou, Henri-Bourassa, Côte-Vertu, Snowdon, Mcgill, Angrion, Longueuil, Rosemont, Monmorency, Radisson and one of either Parc, Outremont or Acadie. Also, if the investment isn’t worth the simple locker, Puralator could just straight up make the plunge into retail and start its own chain of convienience stores in the metro (“Bodega” by Puralator, or “Depa-Depo” by Puralator) , it wouldn’t be the first time the company switched it up (the American Puralator started off as an oil company).
  3. macha

    Métro achalandage et actualités

    There was a campaign a while back promoting all sorts of points of interest directly serviced by the blue line… Got me thinking about how quite a few major cities have more than one central district (CD)!! There’s usually a main one and several sub ones. In terms of development, we keep jamming so much into Ville-Marie, while some neighbourhoods on the island don’t do much better than the classic suburb in terms of density and diversity of use. So I feel we’re really due for some serious zoning reclassification and welcomed hardcore YIMBY-ism around the blue line. With the Royalmount business component, Pointe-Claire, Laval and Longueuil’s plans to build their own high density CD, seems like there’s a demand. I could definitely see either Parc-Extension (and it’s southern surroundings), or Ahuntsic, or Anjou redevelloped as complementary CDs to Ville-Marie. The blue line extension does sound like it will complicate things on the orange line, but it could also be an opportunity for more balanced development… maybe.
  4. China is wild and not always in a good way. I remember watching a VICE special on those ghost downtown, ghost suburbs and empty highways all across the mainland. I guess someone there slept through their macroeconomics class lol. Build it and they will come doesn’t always holds up.
  5. Can someone familiar with the kind of incident we had this morning explain why up to 3 lines were paralyzed?
  6. I don’t want to seem heartless, but like… the real estate market… you know… (bracing myself for the dislikes) Anyway, I like how today’s libraries aren’t just glorified book warehouse, but are also hubs for creativity and experimentation. Think accelerators, technology sandbox and creative workshops; maybe current and future library projects could include artist workshops or studio-residences. Also love the idea of repurposing landmark and historic buildings.
  7. macha

    Royalmount "Quinze40"

    Do we have a thread for the 15/40? While relevant to Royalmount, it feels like this is a discussion that goes beyond the project.
  8. Seems easy to complain about the public management of rail in Canada, but we shouldn’t forget that a big part of the diminished returns of rail here and elsewhere in North America is because it was mismanaged and shamelessly dismantled by the private sector for so long. Let’s not dick ride the private sector just yet simply for the sake of craping on the government. If private is the way to go, we still need to figure out as a people what form that would take, so we’d still have public (government) involvement.
  9. I noticed that, from what I gather a lot of STEM programs have required or option introductory macro or micro courses (maybe because DECs in science don’t cover Econ). Cool thing is that they’re often bird courses, so I would recommend taking either or both as an elective if it’s not required for the degree; for the educational value and the GPA boost. More likely as electives. Economics as a discipline has a pretty broad field of application. An economics undergrad program needs to be flexible. But a student should definitely work in some relevant courses if they plan on pursuing a career related to planning or getting into a masters in planning. Anyways, we’re getting way off topic, but this interesting. It would be nice to start some topic on urb-related education.
  10. I could see HFR making a dent in care and bus travel, but HSR is really the only equivalent alternative to air travel.
  11. This could actually be a good news. The community can move to Chabanel and finally make the area a hub for creative types.
  12. How though? It’s not like were expecting urban planners to be bonafide market analysts. UQAM has required econ courses, while Mcgill has ECON option and elective courses. Quite a few standard URB courses happen to be multidisciplinary, and do cover to some varying degree macroeconomics. Accreditation agencies in Canada require that urban planning programs cover various fields of applied economics. The field isn’t completely blind to the science, or whatever was the point here.
  13. macha

    Royalmount "Quinze40"

    I just don’t get why people are pushing so much for a residential phase to the project. Do you guys understand how damaging it his for people’s health to live under 500 m of that particular type of expressway? This is a major public health issue that seems to completely fly over YIMBYS and density proponents. I’m all for efficiently development the area with commercial and office development, but asking people to live there is just irresponsible.
  14. Par for the course considering the neighbourhood. Take a look with google street view if you don’t pass in the area often.
  15. No comment on the weird comment about haitiens, but I will say I don’t see any gentrification happening any time soon in Riviere-des-Prairies or Saint-Leonard. The money is already there, but those neighbourhood have a profoundly suburban developmental bent. You would need a massive push in terms of mass rapid transit and thoughtful developers like Christian Yaccarini to turn things around. (Gentrification is only as grassroots as the grass is green… it makes more sense in my head )Montreal-Nord though, even if less affluent, is more likely to see some gentrification in the future and I feel it could be on the cusp of something great. A little bit of rebranding and new offers like this club could go a long way. Pointe-aux-Trembles, while not the same demographics as Montreal-Nord, also has great potential for urban renewal.