And the funeral is this Sunday.
On April 28, 2008, after a long illness, the historic Montreal neighborhood is expected to finally expire with the passage of 44.04 on the agenda of the Asemblee Ordinaire de Conseil Municipal.
Born in 1804, when renowned surveyor Louis Charland laid out the street grid, Griffintown suffered through long periods of neglect by the city administration, followed by frantic bursts of municipal rezoning activity that disrupted it’s circulatory system and ultimately led to it’s demise.
Griffintown died after being infected with a severe case of inverted urban planning (PPU designed by the developer), consisting of big box stores, apartment towers and street closures, resulting in a debilitating loss of patrimony.
Predeceased by sister Victoriatown, also known as Goose Village, who died from expropriation while giving birth to parking lots, Griffintown is survived by brothers Milton Park and Old Montreal.
A funeral for Griffintown and outdated urban planning practices is planned for Sunday, April 27, 2008. Mourners are requested to join the procession at the Griffintown Horse Palace at 1220 Ottawa Street at 3:00 PM, or at Place D’Armes at 3:45 PM for the funeral march to City Hall, Place Vauquelin, where eulogies (and other speeches) will be offered from 4:15 to 5:30 PM.
In lieu of flowers, mourners are requested to vote for the party that promises to rebuild the urban planning function of the Ville de Montreal in the next municipal election.
In case of rain, bring a black umbrella.