Culture and development served on the Plateau
According to Hill Strategies the most creative neighbourhood in Canada, the vitality of this borough is increasingly visible through its development of public spaces.
The Plateau-Mont-Royal borough wanted to put that creativity even more on view during the summer.
The first parklet in Montréal, a pedestrian stop on Saint-Laurent Boulevard, offers passersby in summer an area to cool off and take a break. Following sustainable practices, Philippe Descôteaux Barrette built it from an industrial container, as well as painted it. The project was produced in collaboration with the Société de développement commercial du boulevard Saint-Laurent and MUVBOX.
Multicoloured street furniture also changed the look of the intersection at Clark Street and Fairmount Avenue West. The seating encourages people to linger and chat, as well as enjoy the various specialities available from the well-known businesses nearby. Thanks to a video by New Yorker Clarence Eckerson, Jr., this initiative quickly went viral on social media.
Uniting nature and culture, a new portable enclosure providing a great spot for reading was set up in Parc Baldwin in order to offer free arts programming.
By placing culture and the arts at the core of urban development, such initiatives make the city more welcoming in human terms. They have also made the Plateau known around the world. For example, it’s now on the Project for Public Spaces website’s list of 60 of the World’s Great Places (pps.org).
Lives and Times of the Plateau
The iconic neighbourhood is now the subject of a major exhibition at the Pointe-à-Callière Montréal Museum of Archaeology and History. It provides fascinating insights into the story of the area, which has marked the Québécois collective imagination.