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Before they fall to the wreckers’ ball, check out Lloyd Gross’ fascinating high-res set of a wintry Griffintown, taken last November. Lloyd was born in Griffintown and is now one of the many contributors to the popular Guess Where In Montreal? Flickr group.
I can’t help but think that in other cities, industrial buildings like these are prized and refitted, and right now we’re looking at trashing them. What really stands out in this set is not the condition or noteworthiness of the buildings, but more the opportunity for gentle, sensible infill development and rehabilitation of derelict structures.
…Anyone else reminded of the ongoing subplot of the Robocop movies, where a city/corporation with ulterior motives plans to demolish Old Detroit and replace it with the shiny new consumer paradise, Delta City? Call it disaster urbanism.