Henry Aubin: City’s approach to Griffintown shameful
“This is what Tremblay’s improvisation has begat: An emerging area that, with cranes swinging overhead, still has no coherent sense of direction. Who knows if future development will aim to make Griffintown a highrise extension of downtown, a heritage-enhancing extension of adjacent Old Montreal or a family-friendly neighbourhood with a school and plenty of space for recreation. If the OCPM comes up with sensible advice this spring, let’s hope that if it is applied it wouldn’t be too late to determine the dominant character of the place.”
Tremblay’s love of condo development over heritage has already damaged Griffintown. This city desperately needed a real urban development plan in place by 2007 at the latest. It’s been a farce ever since with projects revamped, heritage and public transport dismissed, and the left hand continues to not have a clue what the right hand is doing as we create an urban mess from Turcot through Griffintown to Old Montreal and in scattered pockets across the city, sterilizing lived in neighborhoods with “evocations” of what city life can be like – looks good in brochures and sucks badly at street level.
Tremblay continues working hard at completely destroying that intangible invisible “spirit” that has always made Montrealer’s so passionate about their city. Take a walk along The Main and head over to Place Des Arts, but don’t look so much as “feel” your way along. I can guarantee you that something, and you might not be able to put your finger on it, but something will be missing, something will just seem wrong.