I've always had the thought of what would happen if stores didn't close early in Montreal, mainly on the weekends. On one hand, it gives a nice work-life balance, but on the other hand, stores closing at 5 pm in a major city gives it a dead feeling. I've had friends from the states, and also people here who want stores to be opened later on weekends, preferably until 9 pm.
2. Bars being open till 6 am, with the last call being at 5:30 am.
The question is
1. In your opinion: would you want retail/store hours extended until 9 pm on weekends, and would you want bars open until 6 am?
2. Would it benefit the economy, will things stay the same or will it be a boon?
3. Will it have a huge impact on society? or a minimal one?
I know that many of you are against Montreal having it's own version of Time Square, but the point of this post is not to debate that. Rather, it's to look at potential locations if we had to chose one.
Based on examples like Time Square in New York, Shibuya District in Tokyo, Piccadilly Circus in London, Dundas Square in Toronto, I defined my own criteria as:
Must be by an open area Must be close to commercial sector Must be accessible by metro At that, I have come up with Square Concordia, this is the area today:
Here is why I think that this is the ideal area:
There are 3 large blind walls for the screens High density of 24/hour restaurants and bars High levels of foot traffic at all times Proximity to various festivals There are already renovated squares on each side of the street. The pedestrian area could be expanded to the parking lot on the right. There's a back lane in the lower right corner where food trucks could enter by and park in the square. A stage could also be setup there for events like Crescent Street Grand Prix Festival, Fantasia Film Festival, etc.
Highlighted in green are areas where a screen could go, solid green are screens on top of buildings, the yellow is where I would put food trucks or a stage:
These type of squares a great tourist attractions, both Toronto and New York list them at the top of tourist attractions. I also think that having a second public area in the west of downtown for smaller festivals would be a great compliment to the bigger festivals east at Place Des Festivals.
Let me know what you think, if you have another suggestion, please share. Thank you for reading!
(Courtesy of The Gazette)
having recently walked through griffintown from downtown towards verdun i found that while the area is filled with many condo projects most of them look they have been there for quite a while and they all seem to be waiting after one another to 'pop' from the ground ... in the meantime the place still looks awfully desolate and abandoned and you have to think that this has an effect on the health of those projects - it's not like the city lacks any plans for griffintown but don't you think they should be more proactive about it and inject some fund in the neighborhood to help spur the growth of all these residential towers instead of waiting for them to actually get built before they do anything ? chicken and the egg kinda situation now it seems but imo the city should be the first to do actually do something and not the private developers .. after all all these years down the road its the city that will still be collecting tax funds if anything gets built - not the initial investors
Emplacement exceptionnel sur l'avenue Victoria
Design contemporain, style urbain, espace épuré
Immeuble de 4 étages avec stationnement intérieur pour les résidents
Espaces couvert pour les automobiles des visiteurs
Toit terrasse communautaire
Système de caméras intérieur et extérieur sur DVR
Intercom avec caméra de l'entrée
Condominiums 3 1/2- 4 1/2- 5 1/2
Construction et produits de qualité supérieur
Immeuble avec le service de Gaz Métro
Insonorisation supérieur dans les planchers et murs mitoyen
Vue sur le Country Club de St-Lambert et la ville de Montréal