French Connection
Metropolis Magazine|June 2019
French Connection

A public park in Montreal aims to right the wrongs of the past century’s development schemes.

Rita Lobo

Until recently, entering Montreal from the south required crossing the Champlain or Victoria Bridge and driving along the elevated Bonaventure Expressway, which delivered travelers to the heart of downtown. The concrete highway was designed to get tourists visiting the city for Expo 67 in and out as directly as possible, but like much of Montreal’s infrastructural glut from the 1960s, it was poorly conceived and executed haphazardly. A low-quality build and decades of neglect saw Bonaventure all but crumbling by the early aughts.


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June 2019