Ombudsman gets more than 150 complaints

The city ombudsman has received more than 150 complaints about the rearrangement of streets this summer. Issues of accessibility and consultation are on the list, which has been posted here.

You’ll note “l’absence d’études d’impacts préalables” as one of the items. People are already forgetting these street changes were ordered in about ten minutes as the city dealt with losing all the festivals and tourists, and finding something, anything, for people to do to liven things up this summer. There was no time for the usual elephantine process of studies to take place.

Incidentally, a quick look around at what other cities are doing this summer will find that a lot of them are closing streets to traffic as a way to support economic recovery and compensate for missing tourist revenue. Plante was not doing anything that mayors elsewhere would find bizarre.