Freeway being built, housing to be demolished – so what else is new? This Gazette article touches on the tip of the iceberg. For the people of Les Tanneries in Saint Henri it will be a heartbreaking experience. They have worked harder than most communities to upgrade their neighborhood quality of life and are a role model of citizen determination- they planted 2000 trees along the road that leads to Turcot Yards in 2005. These are really good people.
Some housing will go and others will have to put up with having construction in their front or back yards for a period of 4-6 years . Compensation for people who move will be 3 months rent and moving expenses according to the law.
Something just isn’t right in this process. Maybe in the 1960’s it was still okay to operate this way with Drapeauvian zeal for the mega project, to view it all as the inevitable side effects of “progress”, but I would sure like to think we have grown up as a society since then and have also become a little more intelligent (and possibly even more sensitive?!?) in our approach to things, but we have chosen to repeat old methods, antiquated solutions, tunnel vision, and, yes, arrogance.
And it is not the first time outside forces have acquired land in Les Tanneries under dubious conditions. Read here.