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Feb 10th Panel Discussion: The New Griffintown by ajkandy
February 2, 2009, 11:39 am
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The School of Community and Public Affairs at Concordia University is presenting a panel discussion/debate on The New Griffintown.

Panelists listed are:

Claude Beaulac, Executive Director of the Ordre des Urbanistes du Québec
Pierre Richard, Co-president, Regroupement Économique et Social du Sud-Ouest (RESO)
Michel Leblanc, President and Executive Director, Chamber of Commerce of Montréal
Grace Barrasso, Consultant and specialist in sustainable development, Committee for the Sustainable Redevelopment of Griffintown (csrgriffintown.wordpress.com)

Moderator: Madeleine Poulin, Journalist, Radio-Canada

Tuesday, February 10th 2009
6:00pm – 8:00pm
Samuel Bronfman Building, 1590 Dr. Penfield ave. (Corner Côte-des-Neiges)

For more info please contact:
(514) 848-2424; ext. 2575

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McGill’s Raphael Fischler: Village Griffintown too big, hurts downtown by ajkandy

Raphael Fischler writes in today’s Gazette:

This is no way to build cities, megaproject by megaproject. There is no reason, except for developers’ hubris, to develop such a huge swath of land in one swoop. This is not a railyard that is lying fallow; it is a working piece of the city. It is in bad shape and definitely needs upgrading. But that process must take place gradually, in medium-sized (or even small) increments that complete the area and complement each other, rather than in a large-scale project that obliterates what exists.

Fischler, a professor at McGill’s School of Urban Planning, suggests instead a new Plan d’urbanisme that doesn’t favour a single developer so strongly, that would forbid the consolidation of entire blocks (as the current design does), exclude the possibility of expropriations, move the proposed concert hall and international student housing to downtown, and sign developers to binding contracts that mandate mixed-use development.

He notes:

Disappointed and hurt by the loss of the Casino de Montréal- Cirque du Soleil project near Point St. Charles, Tremblay urges us not to let this project slip by. My guess is Montrealers won’t let good projects slip by – but they will fight bad ones.