Not Anymore I Don't

I grew up in Montreal during the reign of Mayor Drapeau. He was a man of vision and he loved his city. He was determined that Montreal was to have an international reputation as a great metropolis. He had Montreal's metro system built. Then he brought Expo 67 to the city. His last big endeavour as mayor was to host the 1976 summer Olympics. While he was in charge Montreal was clean, snow was quickly cleared away, especially in the main arteries.  People took pride in their city.

Since Mayor Drapeau has been gone I've watched a succession of incompetents, each one worse than the last, turn that beautiful city into a backwards hick town.  Try to find a parking spot, especially downtown, it's impossible. They've installed parking meters so complicated and so expensive that many suburbians just don't go anymore. The streets with no meters have parking signs so difficult to decipher that you're almost guaranteed a ticket.  The present mayor justifies this by saying that he wants to encourage people to use public transit. I see it more as a cash grab. He complains that there are fewer and fewer tourists that visit but he does nothing to make tourists feel welcome.

Since my mother passed away I only go to Montreal when I absolutely have to. I try to avoid it completely in the winter because the streets are so badly cleared that they are dangerous. Today's Montreal looks nothing like the city I grew up in. It is a shame, really. I wish it could reclaim at least some of its former glory.

jojewel jojewel
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6 Responses Feb 26, 2010

I live in a beachside suburb of Sydney. The local council is often doing "improvements" in the streets. Whatever thet do, one thing is certain - there are fewer parking spots left after their "improvement". Only 5 years ago, I was able to drive 1km, to the cornerstore shop to pick up groceries in the morning, before taking the bus to work. Now, this is not possible any more. First, the parking spots have disappeared, then the cornerstore closed down of course. The only place to shop is a huge shopping centre, which must serve 150,000 people. The developers of that shopping complex have spent $800M but the streets leading to the complex are just as narrow as they were made in 1850. <br />
I'm not sure whether our town planners work for us, citizens, or against us.

Frito, Montreal is a great place to visit especially in the summer months. There are always festivals and celebrations going on. But don't come by car, you won't find parking-LOL!!!!<br />
Basspla<x>yer, the population of Montreal has not increased very much since Mr. Drapeau's time. Part of the reason is the move to the suburbs by young families, and the other reason was the mass exodus of the English speaking population when the provincial separatist party came into power. Quebec city is now surpassing Montreal as a tourist destination because its present mayor is doing everything in his power to make that city attractive to visitors.

It's a shame you feel that way. I love my home town and go back whenever I can. No other city that I've been to in Canada feels as "alive" as Montreal does. Sure, every big city has problems but let's face it, there are twice as many Canadians now then there were during Mr Drapeaus's reign. I guess I prefer to focus on what I love about the city. Nothing will ever make me fall out of love with that city.

I love Montreal but it's been quite a while since I've been there...probably 10 years and then I was on business and didn't have time to really check it out....and Gryfnn I'm sad to hear about San Francisco, another favorite city...<br />
Montreal was not that far from where I lived...I still remember my first trip there...we took a beautiful train ride up and I fell in love with it...the shops...restaurants and most of all, the people.

I know how you feel. Unfortunately it seems that politicians today are in it only for themselves. They don't seem to care about anything else but their own pockets.

The cities here in the United States --that I spent time in, when I was young --have no resemblance to how they were then.....I'm not going to go on about it --but it's positively frightening to see what were once beautiful, exciting, clean and prosperous places--turning into actual RUINS--right before our eyes. I'm sorry to hear about Montreal---When I think of what has happened to San Francisco, and Chicago--not to mention Detroit---I want to cry.