“With cities, it is as with dreams: everything imaginable can be dreamed, but even the most unexpected dream is a rebus that conceals a desire or, its reverse, a fear. Cities, like dreams, are made of desires and fears, even if the thread of their discourse is secret, their rules are absurd, their perspectives deceitful, and everything conceals something else.”
― Italo Calvino,
Starting at Metro Papineau. I love this station (I tend to judge them by their above ground surroundings and functionality rather than their underground aesthetic) because it has a very nice square behind it, a major supermarket across the street, and is therefore a true gateway to the neighborhood!
Heading east on Sainte Catherine under the Jacques Cartier Bridge.
From the Corner of Sainte Catherine and de Lorimier you can see the tops of some rides at La Ronde.
Surprisingly massive field at de Lorimier and Sainte Catherine.
Housing on rue Tansley with bridge pylon. This bridge will last “forever” if properly maintained, so why do we keep insisting on building these concrete highway structures that need constant maintenance over a much shorter lifetime? Astute readers will notice the top of the Radio Canada tower from Walk # 1.
Accident at Tansley and de Lorimier.
Heading north on de Lorimier, (which Anglos tend to pronounce as deh lormyay) and here is a construction site on Laforce.
Graffiti on Laforce.
Coming out, so to speak, as Laforce has a curve at its east end, on de Maisonneuve, you have the Fondaction of the CSN (Confederation des Syndicats Nationaux) with the Surete du Quebec Montreal headquarters in the background (the old Parthenais holding prison). And, yes, that does look like a chain reaching skyward…
Yard with short staircase on de Maisonneuve.
Turning north on de Lorimier, sculpture in front of the CSN main building.
Close to an abstract image, I was not sure what this building could be as I walked up along side it.
Looking back down de Lorimier.
Publishing firms on de Lorimier.
Front yard getting prepped.
Turning around and looking north we get this view with Notre Dame de Guadeloupe in the background. Paris influenced?
There is a photography installation in the park, Une Vitrine sure les Faubourgs.
Shortened southern view.
At this point I decided to continue north up rue Bordeaux and will take you along with me in Walk # 2 Part 2!