Le Sud-Ouest Montréal
SECOND PROJET DE RÉSOLUTION - DATE LIMITE POUR SOUMETTRE UNE DEMANDE : 19 NOVEMBRE 2007.
SECOND PROJET DE RÉSOLUTION INTITULÉ : «RÉSOLUTION AUTORISANT CERTAINS
USAGES COMMERCIAUX EN SOUS-SOL ET PERMETTANT L’AGRANDISSEMENT DE L’ÉDICULE POUR DES FINS D’ACCESSIBILITÉ UNIVERSELLE AU 620, AVENUE ATWATER – STATION DE MÉTRO LIONEL-GROULX.»
1. Objet du projet et demande d’approbation référendaire
À la suite de l’assemblée publique de consultation tenue le 24 octobre 2007, le conseil de
l’arrondissement a adopté le second projet de la résolution ci-dessus mentionnée lors de sa séance du 6
L’objet du présent projet de résolution vise à autoriser, à certaines conditions, certains usages
commerciaux en sous-sol (épicerie, librairie (journaux) et restaurant / traiteur) et permettre
l’agrandissement de l’édicule pour des fins d’accessibilité universelle au 620, avenue Atwater (station de
Ce second projet contient des dispositions qui peuvent faire l’objet d’une demande de la part des
personnes intéressées de la zone visée et des zones contiguës afin qu’une résolution qui les contient soit
soumise à leur approbation conformément à la Loi sur les élections et les référendums dans les
Une telle demande vise à ce que la résolution contenant de telles dispositions soit soumise à
l’approbation des personnes habiles à voter de la zone à laquelle elle s’applique et de celles de toute
zone contiguë d’où provient une demande valide à l’égard de la disposition.
Voici les tableaux comprenant des villes du Québec:
NORTH AMERICAN CITIES OF THE FUTURE
Top ten major cities of the future
1 Chicago Illinois United States
2 Toronto Ontario Canada
3 Pittsburgh Pennsylvania United States
4 Atlanta Georgia United States
5 Guadalajara Jalisco Mexico
6 Baltimore Maryland United States
7 Montreal Quebec Canada
8 Mexico City Federal District Mexico
9 Boston Massachusetts United States
10 Miami Florida United States
Major cities - best economic potential
1 Chicago Illinois United States
2 Guadalajara Jalisco Mexico
3 Atlanta Georgia United States
4 Mexico City Federal District Mexico
5 Montreal Quebec Canada
Major cities - quality of life
1 Toronto Ontario Canada
2 New York New York State United States
3 Chicago Illinois United States
4 Boston Massachusetts United States
5 Montreal Quebec Canada
Large cities - quality of life
1 Quebec Quebec Canada
2 Charlotte North Carolina United States
3 Philadelphia Pennsylvania United States
4 Orlando Florida United States
5 Richmond Virginia United States
Small cities - best development and investment promotion
1 Huntsville Alabama United States
2 Windsor Ontario Canada
3 Durango Durango Mexico
4 Sherbrooke Quebec Canada
5= St. Johns New Foundland and Labrador Canada
5= Waterloo Ontario Canada
Small cities - best infrastructure
1 Halifax Nova Scotia Canada
2 Gatineau Quebec Canada
3 Huntsville Alabama United States
4 Waterloo Ontario Canada
5= Matamoros Tamaulipas Mexico
5= Windsor Ontario Canada
Un Canada désuni pour un Québec fort?
Ottawa est régulièrement critiqué par les Québécois pour ses tendances centralisatrices. La parade aurait été trouvée: partager le pouvoir entre les différents partis politiques.
Et de trois! Après les élections fédérales puis provinciales qui ont toutes les deux porté au pouvoir des gouvernements minoritaires, voilà que les élections partielles de lundi dernier au Québec fragmentent à leur tour le vote et donc le pouvoir. Trois circonscriptions étaient en jeu et trois partis différents ont réussi à faire élire l’un des leurs, soit un bloquiste, un conservateur et un néo-démocrate.
Pas de quoi envisager un raz-de-marée pour qui que ce soit lors de prochaines élections générales. D’autant que le Québec sort renforcé du partage des pouvoirs, les principaux partis cherchant à lui plaire.
Le Winnipeg Sun l’a bien remarqué et refuse d’accorder trop d’importance à la victoire de Thomas Muclair et du NPD dans Outremont. «N’y voyez pas une transformation du paysage politique au Québec.»
Le NPD pourrait pourtant prétendre à de nouveaux succès au Québec. C’est un parti de gauche, il a reconnu que le Québec formait une nation en 1960 et son droit à l’autodétermination en 1970. Néanmoins, «le NPD reste perçu au Québec comme centralisateur, personnalisant l’idée paternaliste qu'"Ottawa a raison".»
Et c’est maintenant au tour des libéraux d’être mal reçu au Québec. Les élections de lundi l’ont confirmé et désormais on s’interroge sur les causes de leur déroute.
«Plusieurs libéraux soulignent le mauvais effet toujours produit par le scandale des commandites. D’autres s’en prennent à Stéphane Dion et à Jean Charest», écrit The Gazette.
Mais peu importe la cause directe, les libéraux ne font plus recette au Québec. Ils ne sont plus le parti à qui revient presque naturellement le pouvoir au Canada comme durant les 13 ans de l’ère Chrétien et Martin. Ils traînent eux aussi cette image de parti centralisateur. «Ils n’ont pas su changer leur image avec l’arrivée à leur tête de Stéphane Dion», affirme en substance Nik Nanos de l’institut de sondage SES Research, rencontré par The Gazette.
Mais au-delà des problèmes d’images des uns et des autres, faut-il y voir une méfiance québécoise envers la concentration du pouvoir? Si oui, l’avertissement vaut pour tout le monde, les électeurs québécois ne sont pas prêts de voter en bloc pour un même parti.
Step aside Toronto, the next housing boom is in Montreal
Karen Mazurkewich, Financial Post Published: Friday, January 11, 2008
Gordon Beck/Canwest News Service
What sets Montreal apart from other urban centers is the fact that it has retained its neighbourhood mosaic.
When Montreal architect Henri Cleinge purchased an old wine depot in Montreal's Little Italy district in 2002, he transformed it into a contemporary three-unit condo with polished wood and concrete floors, iron staircases and stainless steel kitchens. He then flipped two of the units for seven times the original investment of $200,000.
Mr. Cleinge had a few sleepless nights wondering whether the units would sell. He didn't have to worry. In Montreal, there's big demand for contemporary-design living.
Much has been made about Toronto's big museum projects and condo lineups, but Montreal is also changing its shape. Toronto housing prices have experienced 58% growth since 2000. The island of Montreal, however, has seen housing sales jump 50%, but the city itself has gone up 94%. In addition, a new concert hall and 28-storey condo tower is being erected atop Place des Arts metro, two mega hospitals are under construction and Sotheby's International Realty recently entered the market. As well, the largest private real estate investment in decades, involving 4,000 dwellings and a shopping plaza, is scheduled to get a green light from city hall.
Montreal's mojo is back. But its not the big urban projects that are redefining this city. What makes Montreal distinct from other urban centres is the fact it has retained its neighbourhood mosaic.
The most famous is the northeastern district known as Plateau-Mont-Royal. The Plateau has become the most expensive address in the city, with its average housing price jumping 105% in the past seven years. It's also one of the reasons Montreal consistently ranks among the top 25 cities in the world for quality of life. Like Greenwich Village in New York or Haight-Ashbury in San Francisco, the Plateau is where culture and haute couture intersect.
In the 1980s, the Plateau was a string of shabby row houses. Owners lived on the main floor and rented the walk-ups. But the working-class enclave changed dramatically in the 1990s, when new legislation made it possible to subdivide duplexes and triplexes into condo apartments.
"Instead of a single owner, who would rent one or two of the other floors, now each apartment is owned individually and people are now willing to invest," says Susan Bronson, a Montreal heritage conservationist. The artists and architects that moved into the area with nothing in their pockets can now afford to invest. The hood became hip because it maintained "high bohemian index," she says.
Montreal's Mile End, a subsection within the Plateau immortalized by Canadian author Mordecai Richler, has seen the greatest upheaval. Gone are the icons: the discount grocery store Warshaw's, Simcha's Fruit Market and St. Laurent Bakery have closed. Instead, a slew of new high-concept design stores, including Interversion and Latitude Nord, have staked out Boulevard Saint-Laurent, turning it into the new fashion Mecca. Even the old rag-trade factories, religious buildings and empty lots have received a radical facelift.
Architect Eric Gauthier, who created the landmark Espace Go on Saint-Laurent, is currently constructing the all-new Théâtre de Quat'Sous on formerly grungy Avenue Pins. The firm Lepointe Magne has also made its mark on the Plateau, redesigning the public swimming pool Bain Lévesque and converting an old fire hall into the high concept Théâtre Espace Libre.
In Plateau's housing, one of the first innovations was Atelier Big City's 1989 Sept-Plex condominium project on Clark Street, which made creative use of the narrow street fronts and back lanes. Atelier Build reinvented the notion of infill with its 2004 "thin house" project along Avenue L'Hotel-du-ville. When she started her architectural company with partner Michael Carroll 12 years ago, Danita Rooyakkers of Atelier Build, says few others were betting on the Plateau. Political instability in the province was a deterrent for developers, but it was the perfect time for a young architect with modest means and big dreams.
Ms. Rooyakkers biked around Plateau in search of cheap empty lots and made her mark by eschewing the traditional walk-ups, where every family gets a floor, and subdivided the property so each owner has a front door, backyard and terraces. By opening up the walls and adding skylights, the architectural firm created a vertical loft. It won awards because it offered another prototype for high-density Montreal living, she says.
The design aesthetic in Montreal has been tempered by activism. The Plateau is not only governed by a planning advisory committee stacked with architects and landscapers, it has community watchdogs galore, including the Mile End Citizens Committee and Urban Ecology.
Every architect working here has had to face fierce town hall forums before building begins. "As educated local residents, we have both a sense of entitlement and empowerment," says Owen Rose, an architect and head of the Urban Ecology group, which focuses on urban green spaces. "It's easy to get involved in issues because we are constantly bumping into each other on the street in this urban village," he says, adding that community involvement has permeated the local culture.
As one of the first architects to help reshape the plateau, Mr. Gauthier was frequently forced to marry old facades with his slick contemporary style to meet the borough's strict guidelines. With Théâtre de Quat'Sous, he's been given an exemption: the historic synagogue in which the theater is currently housed didn't meet safety codes so it will be replaced by a showy new architectural structure.
Mr. Gauthier is concerned about a public outcry, but he's excited about the new design. "If you want to keep the city alive, you need to add new buildings and new layers." While the strict development guidelines built a "cohesive" neighbourhood, he says, "we've passed the point where conservation should now trump freedom."
Mr. Cleinge, the architect, is trying to exercise that freedom. In recent years he has revamped in his sleek industrial design look a microbrewery on Duluth Street as well as the Les Chocolats de Chloe of Roy Street East. He avoids wood stairs and plastered ceilings, preferring concrete and steel for urban living spaces. The look reflects the city's history, he says.
"Montreal is an industrial city with a large garment industry so it's appropriate language to use in a residential context," he says. Luckily for him, clients such as Stéphane Dion and Éloïse Corbeil, typical Plateau dwellers, are looking to restyle their 1880s duplex.
Ms. Corbeil's father purchased the building on Christophe Columb Street in 1996 when she and her brother needed a place to live while they attended university. Ms. Corbeil's brother has since moved to the United States, but the 33-year-old writer-filmmaker and her lawyer husband still love the mixed neighbourhood. They looked in the swank neighbourhoods of Westmount and Outremont after the birth of their two children, but decided to stay put.
"We didn't want to go to the suburbs because we like the diversity here," says Ms. Corbeil.
Conscious of their limitations but eager for a contemporary style, they hired Mr. Cleinge after seeing his work in a magazine. His mandate was to keep a portion of the "stacked wood" interior shell of the house, but rebuild the place from top bottom. He proposed a mezzanine open-style approach to filter more light into the home and create more space. Concrete floors and iron railings are part of the new plan.
For most young buyers, the Plateau is now untouchable - meaning overpriced. Its evolution, however, has created a ripple effect across the city and intensive gentrification is happening in the shabby districts of Point St. Charles and the Jean Talon market area. "The Plateau has matured," says Mr. Cleinge.
But the condoization of Montreal has only begun.