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  • Kate 21:30 on 2019-05-19 Permalink | Reply  

    A water main break closed the green line between Frontenac and Viau for most of Sunday.

    • Kate 13:24 on 2019-05-19 Permalink | Reply  

      Good Radio-Canada piece, text and audio, discussing with urbanist Gérald Beaudet the bizarre situation of transit in the Montreal area – with development supposedly confided to the ARTM, in fact it’s the Caisse de dépôt making all the decisions.

      • Kate 12:36 on 2019-05-19 Permalink | Reply  

        QMI went around and got a few Plateau merchants to dance ungracefully on Luc Ferrandez’ political grave.

        • Chris 12:47 on 2019-05-19 Permalink

          In the video, a merchant wished for cheaper parking. Don’t merchants, of all people, understand the supply/demand/price curve? Does she think lowering parking prices will result in more empty spaces?! If anything, we need more expensive parking, in order to ensure that some spaces will always be available.

        • Ian 15:39 on 2019-05-19 Permalink

          …only because nobody will want to park there, defeating the whole point of making parking available to customers…

        • Chris 17:02 on 2019-05-19 Permalink

          Ian, could you elaborate?, not sure I understand your comment. You mean if parking prices are raised too high, then few would come, and many spaces would then be available? Well, yes, of course. The price should be set on the proper place on the supply/demand curve, and should even change dynamically. It can be too low, and it can be too high. Just right is where the resource is mostly used, but a few spaces per block are available.

        • Alex L 17:39 on 2019-05-19 Permalink

          I liked his idea of making all on-street parking paying, be it a small amount in far-off places. Apart from the evident huge impact cars have on our environment and that our city is subsidizing it, I like the idea that the resulting money would go on off-setting or reducing the impact of motorized transport in our city.

        • DeWolf 21:07 on 2019-05-19 Permalink

          One of the Laurier Street merchants quoted in the story said her customers used to come all the way from Boucherville. Is it really a sustainable business model to rely on a base of customers that live 20km away, rather than those that live 2km (or 200m) away? It’s not as if people on the Plateau are short on cash. If your neighbours aren’t interested in your shop, maybe it’s time to move to a different neighbourhood.

        • Kate 08:11 on 2019-05-20 Permalink

          If your store carried a very specific category of goods, you could have customers from all over. But in general, if you had a storefront on Laurier, you should get customers from Outremont and the wealthier segments of the Plateau and Mile End, none of whom should have to drive unless disabled.

        • Jonathan 08:40 on 2019-05-20 Permalink

          A lot of the negative comments from merchants seem to come from the retail sector. I think their clients are just choosing to buy online… We all know the retail sector is struggling. The article mentions the ceramic cafe as doing pretty well. I think it’s pretty telling that these are the more successful businesses, the ones less affected by the online craze. Even restaurants are probably seeing less business because they are being cut into by the meal boxes.

      • Kate 09:11 on 2019-05-19 Permalink | Reply  

        It was 80 years ago, on the brink of World War II, that King George VI and Queen Elizabeth (mother of the present queen) visited Montreal, disembarking from a train at what’s now Parc station and processing down Park Avenue to the cheers of massed crowds.

        Radio-Canada also notes that the BAnQ is making a lot of historical images and documents free to use via its website.

        The Centre d’histoire piece this weekend looks at the corner of St-Jacques and Inspector, an intersection that no longer exists in Griffintown.

        The Gazette continues with the “history through our eyes” feature, this week looking back at the 1977 Stanley Cup parade and the massive tire dump fire in St-Amable in 1990, among others.

        • ProposMontréal 15:14 on 2019-05-19 Permalink

          Funny story about the Inspector-St-Jacques piece. The apartment (chambre) with the open window over the Matthew’s Lunch was my father’s first place when he arrived in Montreal in 1958. He called me at 7am this morning to tell me that his old place was in the Journal. (Although I already knew that, old folks like to repeat themselves)

      • Kate 07:54 on 2019-05-19 Permalink | Reply  

        A man was found dead in a rooming house in eastern downtown Saturday evening, and it’s under investigation, although I don’t see any homicide number yet. (We haven’t had a homicide on the island since the end of March, although there have been a couple of noted ones in off‑island suburbs.)

        Later in the evening, a man was shot in Montreal North, but he’s still alive and not talking to police. (I see CBC is now calling the area Montréal-Nord.)

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