Movement and distancing: Are Montreal streets in transition? - Musee McCord

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Movement and distancing: Are Montreal streets in transition?

City Talks

Lecture presented online  on June 17, 2020


The street is a space for movement and urban life.  Montreal’s arteries have undergone radical changes since the beginning of the pandemic. They were emptied of their usual traffic, and some were urgently transformed into public health corridors. Today, as the city reopens, these streets are part of a well-thought-out temporary plan to facilitate safe active movement.

Will the city’s emergency decisions give way to a reorganization of how the streets are shared as a living space in the heart of our neighbourhoods? What will be the impact on daily life in our commercial streets? Will we be able to take advantage of the circumstances to make way for a completely new urban planning process over the long term?

The discussion will be in French followed by a bilingual question period.



Episode Summary

  • 1:10 : Introduction by Dinu Bumbaru
  • 8:30 : Marianne Giguère
  • 22:00 : Gérard Beaudet
  • 33:30 : Question period
  • 1:07:05 : Conclusion by Dinu Bumbaru

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City Talks Series

For a seventh consecutive year, the City Talks series will bring together city thinkers and builders to discuss current practical urban issues affecting Montrealers. The talks will be introduced by Suzanne Sauvage, President and Chief Executive Officer of the McCord Museum, and moderated by Dinu Bumbaru, Policy Director of Heritage Montreal..

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