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2005 10 08
The Mancunian Way

The Société du Havre de Montéal
unveiled its plans for a newly redeveloped Montréal basin today. Amidst the worrying about how to pay for the plans, and the rather bland renderings, there is, as is usual a plan for the demolition of the Bonaventure Expressway.

Expressways in our harsh Canadian climate were probably never a good idea. Road salt tends to work its way into the concrete, attacks the steel re-enforcing bars inside the structure and the next thing you know the Gardner/Bonaventure is falling apart. Our expressways are also frequently quite ugly.

There is an expressway in Manchester (my last site of habitation) that had an elevated expressway too; it's called the Mancunian Way. Admittedly, they don't have the same climatic issues that we do here, but having heard so many debates in Canada about What To Do With the Expressways it always did my heart good to ride my bike under the Mancunian Way on my way to work. Its considered and elegant design meant that it was beautiful to look at especially when standing directly under it--a classic piece of optimistic late modernist infrastructure. It always reminded me of a giant 60's coffee table.
[email this story] Posted by David Ross on 10/08 at 02:00 AM
  1. Brings back good memories!

    Posted by  on  11/14  at  03:04 AM

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