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  1. Some of these didn't come out right, it was a) raining b) i was low battery so i was being hasty c) lots of pedestrian/car traffic which always complicates things And some day shots from nov 14:
  2. J'avoue ne pas trop comprendre ce projet. Le 2250 Sherbrooke Est est désigné immeuble patrimonial de valeur exceptionnelle http://patrimoine.ville.montreal.qc.ca/inventaire/fiche_bat.php?arrondissement=0&batiment=oui&lignes=2&id_bat=9943-94-3058-01&debut=482 mais la résolution vise : à suivre...
  3. MONTREAL - When James Essaris looks out over his flat concrete kingdom of 20 downtown parking lots that he started collecting in 1956, he sees a precious urban resource where others see ugliness. The much-maligned parking lot, long considered an urban eyesore and enemy of public transit, is becoming an increasingly rare feature on the downtown streetscape. Essaris, longtime owner of Stationnement Métropolitain, sees his barren concrete as more than just a chance for him to pocket some cash on the barrelhead: he believes in the good that parking lots do and considers the spaces to be the lungs of downtown commerce. “The City of Montreal should give free parking to come downtown. We’re chasing people out to the shopping centres,” he said. The new parking lot tax was adopted in 2010 and brings in $19 million a year to fund public transit. The tax is determined by a complicated formula that Essaris says in practice makes city taxes about twice as expensive on a surface lot as it would for another type of structure. The city held public hearings on the issue this spring and response to the surface parking eradication campaign — through the new parking tax and allowing larger-scale buildings on the empty lots — was greeted positively, according to City of Montreal Executive Committee member Alan DeSousa. “It brings more money into the city coffers and removes the scars in the downtown area,” he said. He said that some of lost parking spaces have been replaced by indoor parking in the various projects. But after seeing his taxes double in recent years, Essaris is now doing what many other parking-lot owners have done: He has started sacrificing his supply of parking spaces for housing, most recently building a 38-storey Icône condo tower at de la Montagne St. and René Lévesque Blvd. He has some misgivings, however, knowing that those spots will be sorely missed. “We cannot survive without parking in the city. I wish everybody could take the bus and métro, it’d make things easier, but you cannot force people onto the métro when they have a car,” he said. Urban retailers have long begged their merchants associations to create more places to park, perhaps no more than on the Main where about half of all members regularly plead for more parking, according to Bruno Ricciardi-Rigault, president of the SDBSL. “It would be really nice if we had a few more parking lots,” he said. However, the dearth of spaces is only going to intensify as the few remaining parking lots near St. Laurent Blvd. are slated to be redeveloped. Ricciardi-Rigault is bracing for more complaints from restauranteurs who have lost customers because their motorist clientele was fed up with circling the block. “Some people want to spend the whole afternoon, shop, go to Jeanne Mance Park, come back for a beer. Paying $20 to park on the street, that‘s asking a lot,” he said. Condo towers have been replacing lots in the downtown core at an impressive pace and the result is higher prices at indoor garages, reflected in a recent Colliers study that ranks Montreal as having the second-highest parking prices of any big Canadian city. Rates have risen an eye-opening 11 per cent since last year, as the average monthly price for an unreserved spot in a downtown underground commercial lot was $330.96 — $88 above the national average. The proliferation of private parking lots once inspired many to liken Montreal to a bombed-out city, but that is no longer the case. “We were spoiled by having tons of parking lots, now Montrealers will have to get used to much higher parking costs,” said Colliers representative Andrew Maravita. He credits a lower commercial vacancy rate for pushing prices higher. Up until the 1960s, Montreal tacitly allowed even historic buildings to be demolished and replaced by parking lots and until recently turned a blind eye to the countless rogue illegal lots that dotted the downtown core. For ages, Montreal surface parking lots were fly-by-night operations, changing ownership to avoid bylaw restrictions ordering them to be paved, landscaped. The city always said they couldn’t chase every owner down. But in recent years, authorities have increased taxes and cracked down on illegal lots, combining the stick of punishment with the carrot of juicy rezoning booty. In the past, many property owners failed to see the point of building on their parking lots, as the zoning frequently only allowed for small buildings. Those restrictions have been lifted on many of those properties, resulting in a bonanza for parking-lot owners whose land increased in value. The strategy was put into place with input from architect and former Equality Party leader Robert Libman, who previously served on the city’s Executive Committee. “A lot of projects going on now, on streets like Crescent and Bishop and that area, were previously zoned for two or three storeys. The urban plan capped those at a minimal height. The rezoning has made it more alluring for owners to build instead of leaving it vacant,” he says. Libman’s war against above-ground parking lots is personal. “They’re ugly and they undermine the downtown urban fabric,” Libman said. But he concedes that commerce relies on people being able to drive to a business. “You’ve got to find that careful balance between offering too much parking, making it too easy vs. your objective of discouraging people to take their car downtown and using public transit, that’s the fine line you have to find between the two,” he said. Developers are required to include parking in new projects, but the amount varies from place to place. In Laval, many projects are required to have two parking spaces per condo unit, while in the Plateau it’s close to zero spaces, although a typical recipe calls for one spot per two units. The one part of the city perhaps most challenged by a dearth of parking facilities is the booming Old Montreal area. The issue has long been considered such an urgent problem that one proposal from a decade ago even suggested that the massive silos in the Old Port be used to park cars. More recently, Old Montreal planners have installed an electronic billboard indicating where spaces could be found, but the pressure on parking endures, according to Georges Coulombe, whose real-estate company has been snapping up properties in the area for the last four decades. Coulombe concedes that area commerce has been hurt by a lack of space for cars. “People from places like Longueuil want to come shop on the weekend, but they can’t do it anymore, it’s too expensive to park, they end up going to malls closer to home.” He attempted to address the problem through a plan to build a high-tech robotic parking facility that could accommodate twice as many cars as a regular indoor lot. However, he did the math and found that it wouldn’t make sense because of city taxes. “I had a small 3,000-foot terrain that I would have turned into 300 spaces, but the city wanted to tax not just the building but the machinery inside. It made it impossible.” Much-hyped futuristic robotic parking systems are seen by some as a potential solution to parking woes and have actually been around for quite some time. The city has had at least three pigeon-hole parking systems as the earlier incarnations were known; one was opened on de la Montagne St. in the 1950s and another on Mansfield, where a worker was crushed by an elevator. A third more recent one was in operation at St. Jean and Notre Dame until a decade ago. Authorities frequently cite the fear of being unable to put out a car blaze in their opposition to such facilities. And although a few such high-tech robotic lots could elegantly alleviate parking pressures, one expert says that the standalone dedicated parking buildings will probably never get built. Chris Mulvihill, the New Jersey-based President of Boomerang Systems, a high-tech car-stacking parking lot system, notes that any landowner would most probably opt for a different sort of project. “Take any place where it’s very hard to get a parking spot,” Mulvihill says. “You’d think building a garage and charging for parking would be a good business model, but the economics dictate that if there’s a high demand for parking in that area, it’s because it’s a hot, happening place, so there are real-estate developers who want to build on that land. The demand makes it uber-expensive. A landowner could make a lot more money doing something other than parking on it.” © Copyright © The Montreal Gazette Read more: http://www.montrealgazette.com/Parking+squeeze+Downtown+businesses+feeling/7453989/story.html#ixzz2ASqBCwJE
  4. I was just wondering why there aren't any architecture TV networks? There seems to be a lot of people interested in the topic. Lots of sites devoted to architecture and forums, but no TV networks. There are TV networks that specialize in law, some in food, lots in sports/fitness, some in health, but none really in architecture. I know there are sites online that have architecture videos, and some sites that just specialize in videos. What I mean is an actual TV network similar to CNN, CNBC, ESPN, TLC,etc... Anyone know why? I'd love to see one. What are peoples thoughts?
  5. il y a eu plusieurs thead sur les habitations jeanne-mance, qui sont destine un jour je pense a faire l'objet d'un developement controverse, parce que personne a l'air d'etre d'accord sur la maniere de proceder pour raviver le quartier et permettre de nouveaux developement sur ces terrains a la localisation si critique, tout en menageant les occupants existants des hlm. alors, voici a ce sujet, mes deux cennes: sans avoir d'idee sur l'allure ou l'arrangement particulier qu'auraient les nouveaux developement sur les lots vacants du quartier latin autour de l'universite du quebec a montreal, ainsi que les lots presentements occupes par les habitations jeanne-mances, voici comment j'organiserais l'espace de facon generale: dans le but de favoriser le maintien d'un certain niveau de mixite sociale dans le secteur, les terrains sur lesquelles se trouvent presentement la coop des habitations jeanne-mance auraient a maintenir un certain pourcentage de logement sociaux dans des tours residentielles locatives. en augmentant la densite en remplacant les petits immeubles par des tours, la quantite actuelle de loyers modiques pourrait etre maintenue tout en offrants des logements un peu plus dispendieux a travers les memes immeubles. des residences etudiants pour l'uqam et le cegep du vieux montreal pourraient aussi y etre amenage. ces lots sont identifies en jaune sur mon plan. ensuite, les rues de bullion et hotel de ville seraient raccordees a leur troncon nord, aidant a desenclaver le secteur et peut-etre apporter des clients supplementaires aux commerces existants via de la circulation de transit. de plus, les extentions permettraient de fluidifier la circulation accrue par la densification du quartier, et en moindre partie a y ajouter quelques espaces de stationnement. l'espace au centre de ce quadrilatere serait occupe par le parc ainsi que le jardin communautaire existants, qui verraient leur superficie quelque peu augmentee , mais surtout leur acces au residents du quartiers grandement ameliore. le parc est actuellement amenage de facon telle qu'il est difficile de cerner ses limites de celles des cooperatives d'habitation, ce qui decourage sa frequentation par des gens qui ne demeurent pas necessairement dans les hlm. et s'il le faut, le parc pourrait meme s'etendre sur le lot juste au sud de maisonneuve, ou prendre de l'espace a l'est et a l'ouest de hotel-de-ville ou de bullion. c'est le terrain que j'ai marque en vert, sur l'image. le reste des lots du quartier, que j'ai identifie en bleu, ne seraient pas tenus d'accueuillir un quelconque pourcentage en logement sociaux, et seraient donc a plus forte raison des tours a condominium. encore une fois, une augmentation de la densite serait a encourager, et les etages inferieur seraient de preference occupes par des commerces. aussi, tel que suggere il y a un certain temps par un usage d'un autre forum, une partie du terrain de l'edicule de la station saint-laurent pourrait etre reservee a l'accueuil de commerces ambulants, comme ceux que l'on retrouve a la station mont-royal entre autre, en particulier un genre de "farmer's market" ou les residents pourraient se procurer des fruits et legumes frais 24h par jour. [edit: un "plan B" a mon plan serait de repartir a travers le secteur les terrains "jaunes", pour favoriser encore plus la mixite. ainsi, certains lots marque en jaune pourraient en fait etre des tours a condo "bleues" et quelques un des terrains "bleus" au sud de ste-catherine pourraient accueillir du logement social pour relocalise les residents actuels des hlm.] je pense que, peu importe que vous soyez pour ou contre les logements sociaux au centre-ville, on doit reconnaitre que l'etat actuel des choses est au mieux une utilisation sub optimale des lieux, et que la finalisation du quartier des spectacles apportera sans aucun doute des pressions de redevelopement au secteur. personnellement, si on peut conserver les residents actuels et en ajouter [des mieux nantis], tout le monde sera gagnant. et avec tout ces nouveau residents dans le quartier, le troncon de ste-catherine et de st-laurent qui paraissent si morts pour l'instant se verraient sans aucun doute revitalise, de facon toute naturelle. ------------------------------------- disclaimer: excusez la lecture de mes mots, j'ai plusieurs langues secondes.
  6. Terrains à vendre au pied de l'Oratoire Hugo Joncas, Les affaires Les terrains excédentaires de l'Oratoire Saint-Joseph du Mont-Royal attirent les promoteurs immobiliers. L'institution vient de vendre trois lots au constructeur de maisons de luxe Jean Houde et à la famille Elman, actionnaire majoritaire du fonds d'investissement en santé Persistence Capital Partners. Elle a obtenu près de 2,6 millions de dollars pour les trois terrains. L'Oratoire compte vendre sept autres terrains autour de Surrey Gardens, mais préserver le reste de la ceinture verte entre l'institution et les résidences de Westmount. Les terrains mis en vente sont tous situés dans un boisé à l'extérieur de l'arrondissement historique et naturel du mont Royal protégé par Québec. Le zonage de ces lots, situés dans la Ville de Westmount, prévoit uniquement la construction de maisons unifamiliales détachées. Pour l'instant, la Ville n'a discuté qu'avec Construction Jean Houde, selon Joanne Poirier, directrice de l'urbanisme. " Ils nous ont soumis des plans préliminaires pour un terrain à l'est de la rue Surrey Gardens ", dit-elle. Le produit de la vente de ces lots sera investi dans l'entretien des installations de l'Oratoire. http://www.lesaffaires.com/article/0/immobilier/2009-05-22/493716/terrains-etagrave-vendre-au-pied-de-loratoire.fr.html (22/5/2009 11H27)
  7. I was wandering around Old Montreal / Griffintown last night. I noticed that only a few buildings actually have exterior lighting which is a shame. There are three buildings that actually caught my eye and I do wish that many more buildings in that area, in the next few years follow suit; Hotel St James, Canada's Custom House and Grand Trunk Railways. I do like that a handful of the buildings, are being revitalized (having their exteriors cleaned). Also seeing that Place D'Youville parking lot does not exist anymore, what would be nice if the city can manage to turn it into a space similar to Square Saint Louis with a water fountain in the middle. One thing I would like for the city to do, but they won't is rip up all the streets with asphalt and put stones back in, so Old Montreal as a whole have the old world feeling. Also use Edison bulbs in the lamp posts, I know they aren't eco-friendly but the streets would have an interesting look at night. There is also a few parking lots, west of McGill that I do wish that would be turned into green space and have high rises put in, but that would happen for a long time. Also while wandering last night, there was one street that I managed to go down, seeing all the buildings had similar architecture it felt like I was actually back in Paris which was a beautiful thing. If I do manage to go back to Old Montreal tonight, I will for sure take a picture of the street and post it here. I guess the whole area while change even more, when the Bonaventure is finally ground level.
  8. (Merci a La Presse) Finally they are doing this, took them forever. Honestly, if you win, people should not know.
  9. Fête nationale Stephen Harper cède les terrains de l'Assemblée nationale à la province Mise à jour : 24/06/2009 21h53 Le chef conservateur Stephen Harper a fait une promesse pour la Fête nationale. Le premier ministre a profité de son passage à Québec pour annoncer qu'il souhaitait accéder à la demande répétée du gouvernement québécois, soit de céder à Québec les terrains de l'Assemblée nationale, qui appartiennent actuellement au gouvernement fédéral. Actuellement, toutes les législatures du Canada sont situées sur des terrains qui leur appartiennent, sauf l'Assemblée nationale. Les lots visés sont ceux sur lesquels sont érigées les statues des anciens premiers ministres René Lévesque et Robert Bourassa, celui qui se trouve en bordure de l'avenue Honoré-Mercier et celui où a été installée la fontaine de Tourny, devant le parlement.
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