Projets immobiliers à l'etude, en chantier, terminés
Avec de nouvelles unités résidentielles, l’ajout de bureaux, de plusieurs espaces commerciaux et de chambres d’hôtels, les projets offrent une belle mixité pour le centre-ville. Leur réalisation permet d’améliorer l’expérience et l’animation urbaine et de combler plusieurs terrains vacants et des stationnements de surface, notamment dans l'ouest de l'arrondissement, près du centre des affaires.
Ces projets favorisent l’attractivité et le dynamisme des quartiers pour en faire un milieu de vie toujours plus sécuritaire, convivial et animé, tant pour ses résidants que pour les travailleurs qui fréquentent chaque jour le centre-ville.
Carte des projets immobiliers
La carte ci-dessous montre la variété de projets immobiliers majeurs en chantier ou sur le point de commencer dans les prochains mois. Nouvelles constructions et réaménagements de bâtiments y sont illustrés.
(PRESSE)Trente milliards de dollards devront étre investis a montréal au cours des deux prochaines décennies pour la mise a niveau des infrastructures, souterraines et de transport en commun.A l instar du fonds de l eau,qui permettra d autofinanacerles travaux d infranstructures dans le réseau souterrain a partir de 2013, l administration Tremblay-Zampino envisage la mise sur pied d un fonds similaire,celui ci dédié aux infrastructures routiéres.C est qu a révélé le président du comité exécutif de la ville de Montréal ,Frank Zampino,en entrevue avec Montreal Express.(ce fonds pour les infrastructures routiéres permettrait de mettre a niveau non ponts,viaducs et l ensemble du réseau artériel.Nous nous sommes engagés a investir 500millions dollard dans nos infratructures routiéres,notament pour corriger le probléme des nids-de-poules, mais cette somme n est pas suffisante pour la remise a niveau de toutes les rues )explique M.Zampino.Selon lui montréal nécessitera des investissements de 30 milliards au cours des 20 prochaines années,soit 10milliards pour les infrastructures routiéreset 10 milliards pour les infranstructures de transport en commun.Les deux autres paliers de gouvernement seront appelés a contribuer ,comme c est notament le cas du fédéral avec la taxe d accise sur l essence et du gouvernement du Québec pour le métro de montréal .Mais Montréal n en reste pas la et réclame également des pouvoirs habilitants en matiére fiscale et administrative pour continuer son dévloppement.(Nous dépendons de l impot foncier qui représente environ70pour100 de nos revenus sur un budget de 4 milliards dollard , poursuit M.Zampino .Nous voulons obtenir une partie de la croissance générée a Montréal.Chaque fois qu un milliard est investi ici,les gouvernements supérieurs retirent chcun 150millons .On demande a Québec et a Ottawa de partagerla moitiéde ces retombées avec nous)(Si le gouvernement n accorde pas d attention a sa métropole,elle qui crée plus de la moitié de la richesse au Québec , nous serons toujours en retard par rapport a Toronto et aux autres grandes villes du monde.Ajourd hui ,la compétition se fait entre les grandes villes ,pas entre les pays)soutient le président du comité exécutif.Le maire Gérald Tremblay et Frank Zampino doivent rencontrer sous peu le chef du parti québéquois et celui de l Action démocratique su Québec pour les sensibiliser aux besoins de Montréal.
Revisiting Drapeau's personal Versaille
Alan Richman, National Post Published: Friday, January 25, 2008
Gordon Beck/Canwest News Service
The Olympic Stadium adds grandeur to a part of Montreal that is woefully lacking in it, even if it is too large and impractical for just about every sport, including baseball, the sport played there ...
Having once worked simultaneously as both the sports columnist and the restaurant critic for the long-defunct Montreal Star - employing a sportswriter as a restaurant critic might well have contributed to its demise - I am used to my commentary being greeted with derision from numerous walks of life.
Nothing I said then might equal the mockery I anticipate from what I am about to say now. I take a deep breath. I ask: Is it possible that the Montreal Olympic Stadium, built for the 1976 Games, is an enduring work of art?
I have always loathed the stadium, but not for esthetic reasons. I have hated it for far longer than is healthy for a man to despise an inanimate object, entirely because of what the stadium represented: Greed. Extravagance. Envy. Pride. That's more than half the original seven deadly sins. I don't include gluttony, simply because I recall the smoked meat sold during athletic events as being ordinary.
I disliked the stadium because of the considerable pain and suffering it caused the city and the province.
It infamously cost about $1-billion, and we're talking 1970s dollars.
It was wrong for the climate, forever showing water stains, like a suede jacket worn in the rain. It is no longer utilized in winter, because engineers worry it might not be able to withstand the weight of a significant snowfall.
It's too large for just about any legitimate sports event except the opening and closing ceremonies of an Olympic Games. The one sport that was played there most often, professional baseball, didn't fit.
Famously, the retractable roof never worked properly. The space was finally covered with some kind of hideous fabric. It reminds me of a tarp thrown over a sports car parked out of doors.
I have one fond memory of covering an event there. I was standing in line for free food in the press room during the 1976 Olympics. Mick Jagger was in front of me, wearing a lime-green suit with a cigarette burn in the shoulder, looking like a guy who needed free food. A few days later he would send a note down to the field during the women's pentathlon, trying to meet Diane Jones, a member of the Canadian team.
I left Montreal in 1977, a year after the Olympics had nearly bankrupted the province of Quebec, so the problems that kept popping up were no longer of concern to me. I stopped covering events, except as an occasional visiting sportswriter. I no longer paid income taxes to the province, so I stopped feeling cheated by the cost overruns.
My bad attitude lingered on, though. In 1975 and '76, when I was the sports columnist for the Star, I had written often and angrily about the abuses that were permitted - I should say promulgated - by the city government. I recall being consumed with outrage when two workers died in an accident on the job, and Mayor Jean Drapeau justified the deaths by pointing out that in construction-deaths-per-dollar-spent, the stadium lagged behind virtually every other major project. From then on, I was in a rage. I couldn't really decide whether the mayor or the stadium was the more irrational piece of work.
I shouldn't have blamed the government for everything. Let's not forget the unionized workers who built the place. Knowing of the alarmingly tight deadline, they responded with strikes, walkouts and protests. When those led to a crisis, they demanded more money for having to work so hard.
The stadium was so impractical, so ridiculous and so wrong-headed that I never considered the possibility that it might be beautiful. Drapeau had it built by French architect Roger Taillibert, calling his works "poems in concrete." To me, the stadium was blank verse.
Drapeau was no longer at the peak of his powers when he commissioned it. He was out of touch with practicality. But he was also something of a visionary, successor to the French profligates who built the great tourist attractions of France. The Olympic Stadium was his Versailles.
A few months ago, on a visit to Montreal, I was driving through the eastern part of the city in search of a trendy restaurant: Nothing trendy ever happened in the eastern part of Montreal when I lived there. I drove past the stadium. It was sunset, and it seemed to glow. I was caught up in the gracefulness of its sweeping, melodious lines. I thought it was stunning, capable of taking flight.
Others have called it a toilet bowl.
Writer Josh Freed once said, "It killed the Olympics. It killed baseball and city finances. Please, let's take it down before it kills again."
My old pal Mike Boone, who worked with me on the Montreal Star and is now city columnist for the Montreal Gazette, recently reminded me that baseball players never liked it, either. He recalls Ross Grimsley, a pitcher who once won 20 games for the Montreal Expos, telling him, "I was looking for the locker room. I walked a hundred miles, down corridors that didn't lead anywhere."
Boone calls the stadium "a bidet with a dildo attached to it."
I now think of it as Starship Drapeau.
I risk being thought as addled as Drapeau when I say this: shortsighted, all of them. To be fair, even Boone concedes that if you drive up to the eastern lookout on Mount Royal, park your car and look east when the stadium is lit up, it does look lovely at a distance. I don't know if this entered into Drapeau's thoughts, but that part of Montreal is woefully lacking in grandeur, and the stadium provides what little there is.
Drapeau believed that great cities needed spectacular monuments. He had wanted a symbolic structure built for his enormously successful Expo 67, but never got the building because it would have cost too much: $22-million. That's about a 50th of what the Olympic Stadium finally cost. Had he been successful in the '60s, the Montreal Olympics might not have been such a fiscal tragedy in the '70s.
Of course, the stadium has been a disaster. It remains one. In 1991, a 55-ton concrete beam fell, not killing anybody, an unexpected break. In 1997, the province spent about $40-million for a new roof that was supposed to last 50 years. It soon ripped.
Canadians should start thinking of the stadium as a great old pile. Sure it's obsolete, drafty and ruinous. So are castles in France. But if it hadn't been so terrible, it wouldn't be nearly so fascinating.
The Gazette 1974 / Étude pour mail couvert sur la rue Ste-Catherine, Montréal
Bythe way Malek, how come I can't start a new thread???? That's why I put this one here!!
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Quebec's influence on the wane
From Monday's Globe and Mail
June 22, 2008 at 7:53 PM EDT
OTTAWA — In the end, 27 players from the QMJHL were selected in the seven rounds of the 2008 NHL entry draft, and that was in line with the average of 26.7 chosen in the seven previous drafts.
But when the QMJHL was shut out in the first round on Friday, alarm bells went off in supposedly hockey-mad Quebec. This had happened before, with the most recent occurrence in 2000, but when a prime-time national television audience watches seven of the first 10 players, 11 in total, selected from the OHL and nine from the WHL, the QMJHL was left red-faced.
The lack of production may signify that Quebec hockey is on the cusp of a crisis. The Montreal Canadiens are fashionable again, and the all-sport French television network RDS smashed all sorts of records with millions of viewers in the Habs' run to the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, but Canadiens general manager Bob Gainey concedes the province needs to step back and study the situation.
“We're usually under scrutiny to take kids from Quebec,” Gainey said. “But I think in the past two or three years there has been information that has surfaced that says there just aren't as many players coming from Quebec as comparative to the past or other places.”
Of the 27 players selected from the QMJHL, 19 are from Quebec, two are Europeans, five are from the Atlantic provinces and one from Ontario. When the Detroit Red Wings made Julien Cayer of Longueuil, Que., a fifth-round selection – he plays for Northwood Prep in New York – that gave La Belle province an even 20.
“I think it's simple evidence that it's just the way it is,” Gainey said. “I don't have any hard-core facts as to why it's the way it is, but it's clear this needs to be looked at.”
Off the top, there are several factors that may have contributed to Quebec's decline in top end talent. The QMJHL nearly doubled its size, to 18 teams in 2004 from 10 teams in 1969, and the minor hockey base couldn't keep up, even though the QMJHL opened its doors to the Atlantic provinces and that area has flourished with players such as Brad Richards of Murray Harbour, PEI, and Sidney Crosby of Cole Harbour, N.S.
There also is the fact that Montreal, the province's most populated area, has been without a QMJHL franchise since the Montreal Rocket left in 2003, and the franchise was only there for four years. The absence of a stable junior franchise in Montreal, as well as the city's diverse ethnic makeup, has hindered minor-hockey enrolment in the area.
QMJHL commissioner Gilles Courteau believes the transfer of the St. John's franchise, which will become the Montreal Junior Hockey Club in the fall, to the Montreal suburb of Verdun will help the cause.
“That's going to help because every city where we have been, the amount of minor-hockey participation has increased,” Courteau said. “But there is no doubt that there are lots of people from different nations that don't play hockey [in Montreal]. We need work better hand in hand with the Quebec branch [of hockey].”
Gainey would like to see an in-depth study done to identify issues that confront the province. He promised the Canadiens will perform a leading role. Already the NHL club administers the Learn, Respect and Fun program, in which thousands of minor-hockey players sign a contract with the Habs, pledging to learn the rules of the game, to abide by principles of sportsmanship, respect for teammates, opponents and officials and to have fun playing the game.
“We are in a place that as part of a coalition or group to say, ‘Here's where we are and how do we need to get more kids playing and more ice available?'” Gainey said. “I don't really know what the problem is. I would hazard that the problem is multilayered.
“Before you forge off in any direction, you need to get a solid idea of what the landscape looks like. That would be the first step, getting people together to look at this. The Montreal Canadiens could play a role. The sport ministries could play a role. Former players who grew up in Quebec could play a role.
“There is no reason why the sport can't be reconfigured, and the Canadiens naturally should play an important and leading role.”