In case you've suspected that NDG is the most relentlessly abused area of Montreal, here's a list of examples demonstrating how the neighbourhood has repeatedly been ripped off over the years.
The sad part is that the authorities have done, and continue to pile on the abuse without encountering any significant resistance.
Circumstances have conspired to make the area a difficult place to live and I'm starting to think that separating from Montreal would be a solid idea.
Here's a quick list of some of the terribly damaging events that have severely damaged NDG over recent decades....after proposing a north-south highway for St. Lawrence, St. Denis, Cote des Neiges and many other routes, authorities finally decided to place the highway in NDG in 1964, eviscerating Decarie, demolishing countless homes on Minto, Addington and Prud'homme in the process. They never put a roof over the thing to noise and pollution to kill neighbourhood life.... the area has been stuck into the same borough as Cote-des-Neiges, meaning that its powers were split and borough discussion has been distracted by another area that it has little to do with.. the southern section of NDG has been the target of terrible planning: St. James St. West was zoned to allow for hideous warehouses, green spaces were wiped out to the point where the St. Raymonds borough (below the tracks) has one-tenth of the standard green space... the historic stone house in Oxford Park was demolished in spite of Lucien L'Allier's gentleman's agreement in 1949 to maintain it... the only green space left in the area were fields in Oxford Park but they were handed over to sports associations and covered with plastic turf and concrete by councillors Sonya Biddle and Peter McQueen.. the entrance to Highways 15 South and 40 West on Girouard has been closed.. the access to the superhospital will be concentrated entirely on the NDG side with no traffic going through the Westmount entrance... the highway on-ramp to the 20 East is slated to be demolished.. a third straight long-term closure of Highway 20 westbound exit to the area was announced, as was a lengthy removal of the viaduct that enables people to cross over the Decarie on St. James... the Turcot rebuild program is to put the highways at the foot of the St. James cliff, meaning that the noise and smog will hit NDG.
There are many other examples (feel free to add any in the comments below).
It begs the question of why this area has been so badly punished by planners and authorities.
The low rate of owner occupancy in the southern area, as well as low levels of political participation and high levels of immigrant residents who speak neither English nor French have doomed the St. Raymond's area. I've personally gone door to door several times throughout the years for various causes and have found nothing but indifference.
So once again, this proves that when it comes to city politics, those who are indifferent will be punished.
There is a series of upcoming sessions to hear residents out on the future of the area and we urge people to register to express their grievances. (link to come)