|500 feet of green space should be built atop the|
Decarie at Queen Mary
The city knew it needed a north-south route and looked at every possibility from the Main, to St. Denis, to Cote-des-Neiges and Cavendish before sacrificing the once-glorious Decarie strip for the route.
The ultimate insult was that the expressway was left uncovered and nobody has been able to put enough pressure on the government to cover it since.
|15,000 sq ft of green could easily be|
made at Upper Lachine
The usual explanation for not putting a roof on the Decarie is that the value of the land created wouldn't justify the cost of contstruction.
Land value has increased considerably since that argument was first made, however.
But rather than covering the whole thing immediately, small segments of the expressway could get a lid for the purposes of alleviating the shortage of green space in that part of town.
A simple lawn does not carry much weight, therefore the supporting pillars would be relatively easy and cheap to install.
One section should cover 500-feet over the Decarie just above Queen Mary. This would be considered reparations for demolition of Snowdon Junction and could be seen as tossing a bone to that community which was forced to sacrifice while the school down the road was spared. It would also put a nice lawn in front of the borough offices and the Snowdon Theatre, a lovely building which deserves to be celebrated.
The other green roof which would be quite easy to create would sit between Upper Lachine and the tracks. The structure could be held up partially by those existing bridges and would add 15,000 square feet of green space to a place that is currently starved of green space (thanks partially to the Projet Montreal councillor who greenlighted the paving of a large section of Oxford Park). The St. Raymond's borough currently has only 1/10 th of the standard amount of green space and this would help alleviate that shortage.