Graffiti Removal At Turcot

Seems strange not to see the graffiti but perhaps even stranger is simply why? They have security to keep people out of the yards and no can see 90% of the graffiti at Turcot unless you are right in the yards. So what’s the deal?


I have to wonder about priorities as you can see here that there is a section of metal clearly exposed but the graffiti below has been painted over.

Looks like they missed a spot.

And nothing gone from Dead Dog Tunnel as that would still be CN property, I would think.

I can understand doing this on parts visible along Notre Dame like below, but it does seem like a waste of time and money to do it inside the yards where no one is allowed.

PS – Started this post on Friday but noticed on Saturday that the graffiti under the Ville Marie at Atwater has also been painted over, so maybe it’s part of a larger program even if it still doesn’t make sense to clean the inside of the yards. Must be the view from above annoyed someone?

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7 responses to “Graffiti Removal At Turcot

  1. I was over there a few weeks ago to look at some of my favourite pieces and noticed them gone as well. Why?

  2. Actually, they removed the graffiti in hopes that people would stop loitering around the place. Their security seemed pretty straightforward to me (a simple curved down broche-a-poule fence =) ), at least as of March 2009. I dunno if they put security cameras and police circling around, but I’d doubt it.

    The environmental report on both the old yards and the interchange has proven that walking underneath the structure can be dangerous not only because it can fall on your noggin (duuh!), but also because that part was house to the old roundhouse, which, even decades after its removal, has so much polluted the soil there much be an elevated percentage of toxicity without the person even knowing it.

    The interchange will still be torn down and reconstructed in like 2011-12, so my guess is that all this community centered worshiping of that structure has somewhat come to its end. With the new interchange built right on the ground level and having a way harder access to it, there will be no gatherings and, possibly, no graffiti. It is the new age and, alas, it doesn’t wait for anyone.

  3. Turcot as a place where things happen on ground level has been gone for a while. I probably won’t miss it as I definitely got my money back a thousand times over. But I do question spending money cleaning a structure when it needs repair.
    The pollution might not be as bad as some may think. You have almost 50 years since the roundhouse was active and that’s a lot of rain and melting snow that may have driven it downwards and, along with all the stuff that grows there, there may even have been a bit of a phytormediation effect happening.
    I have spent a lot of time there and have even tried to imagine the whole thing just dominoing down. The odds of anyone getting hit by falling concrete at Turcot are probably much less than getting hit by a car on the street you live.
    As far as a new interchange goes, there is still no word on whether the government will make changes to the original plan or not, but it would be very difficult times ahead if Mr Charest was to give his blessings to the original plan. The good folks at Mobilization Turcot have worked hard and there is huge positives to take out of this whole Turcot thing regardless of the outcomes. The Sud Ouest is in the process of becoming one of the most citizen empowered neighborhoods in the province (think Point Saint Charles and Cirque du Soleil/Loto-Quebec!).

  4. Yes, well, I’ve never really been implied into any of this, although I did do a uni research on Turcot about a year ago. Seems to me that even if Transports Quebec changes some tips on their position, the project itself will still remain basically the same. Village des Tanneries has a terrible share in all this, but it’s the whole province against one neighborhood, I think they must comply that unfortunately, they live right in the center of the ado.

    There was a report published by Dessau in 2003 that actually recapped the environmental situation of the interchange and this is where they found out that the ground under a couple of pillars, plus more or less where the roundhouse was is stagnant contamination (means it stopped growing about 5-10 years after they removed it, but didn’t dissipate since). I myself walked there a couple of times to take pictures and didn’t notice anything particular, but that’s what they wrote in their report.

    What I would really like to see redone is the Angrignon interchange. Redone by not being messed with. Let them move whatever space they need, but, beside always taking Pullman street to go there, that up until recently was terrible driving, I don’t see much problem with it. To take 20-O highway from there is a piece of cake. If they would curve the whole Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue blvd just for a stupid turn to Pullman, I’ll definitely start taking Turcot west instead.

    Well, time will show =)

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