Montreal Urban Kit

Montreal Urban Kit is, in a way, about public spaces such as streets, neighborhoods and parks. It is also about market places and commercial areas such as the East to West Saint-Catherine street in downtown Montreal always filled with lots of people.

Cities are predominant because of a large variety of products and services available, job offers or education Montreal programs. Cities are predominant because they have an unlimited social potential for friends, interactions and networking.

Montreal is where we meet, relate and interact. It is also where our urban emotional availability is lesser than in any smaller local rural population. The reason is quite simple, there are a great many of us and we tend to stick our families, our friends, our co-workers, our neighbours...

Urban Arts

For some, graffiti art is vandalism, for others graffiti art is an authentic art form.

Whatever the reasons as to why urban art and street art is art, to many of us, they surpass all the criticisms related to its illegality.

Urban art is a non violent form of expression that serves as a voice. Urban artists use graffiti art as a means of expressing themselves. Graffiti art can be a cry for attention, an attempt to reclaim urban spaces, or a reaction to social injustice. 

Talented graffiti artists add beauty and expression to urban chaos.Colorful graffiti cover the walls of highways, bridges and buildings and they beautify Montreal Urban Kit by making it more unique and more personal.

Urban Exploration

Whether it is museums, local theaters, music venues, beautiful buildings, green spaces or any other cultural attractions, Montreal has an array of urban areas where to spend time, any kind of time in Montreal, leasure time, loving time, quality time ...

From ethnic food stores and restaurants to boutiques and department stores, living in Montreal provides many unique dining and shopping experiences.

Montreal hosts many annual sporting events and sports enthusiasts get to cheer on their favorite teams from the stands. Sports in Montreal has always played a major role in our history and our spare time.

Urban Geography

There are four distinct seasons in Montreal Urban Kit.

Autumn ranges from warm to chilly, winter is cold, snowy and windy, spring ranges from chilly to warm and summer brings a warm and hot humid weather.

The Island of Montreal is located between two rivers.

The Saint-Laurent River that flows in a north-easterly direction and the Rivière-des-Prairies also called Back River that flows into the Saint-Laurent River at the eastern tip of the Island of Montreal.

One of our distinctive features is that in Montreal, North is referred to as East and South is referred to as West. Montreal is the only city in the world where the sun sets in the North. We simply adapted our street system and grid to our geography. 

Streets that are perpendicular to both rivers are referred to as North, the Rivière-des-Prairies or South. the Fleuve Saint-Laurent. Streets that are parallel to both rivers are referred to as East or West, both being set-apart by the Saint-Laurent Boulevard. 

Urban Behavior

Montreal Urban kit is probably the only city in the province of Quebec to hold as many subcultures and various lifestyles.

The population of the Island of Montreal can be divided into three categories, non-immigrants, immigrants and non-permanent residents. 

Non-immigrants, those who are Canadians by birth account for approximately two-thirds of our population, while immigrants and permanent residents form the last third of that same population. 

Non-permanent residents account for only 2% of the total population.

The City of Montreal is home to approximately nine-tenths of the immigrant population of the Island of Montreal while the Cites are home to the last tenth of this same population.

The Côte-des-Neiges-Notre-Dame-de-Grâce borough hosts the largest number of immigrants, followed by the Villeray-Saint-Michel-Parc-Extension, Ahuntsic-Cartierville and Saint-Laurent boroughs.

Urban Vision

According to the Canadian World Vision : « The ups and downs of the local economy continue to take a heavy toll on families struggling to improve their economic situation. Stagnant incomes and rising costs of living are cutting deeply into family budgets ».

As he was sworn in to office as mayor, our  new mayor had some chilling statistics. One in five Montreal Urban Kit children lives in poverty, a condition he vowed the new city administration will work hard to improve.

The mayor said he didn’t want to to see any organization close down because of budget cuts. As a result, money has been distributed by the boroughs to various organizations that fight dropout rates, stock up food banks and create new social housing. 

Urban Sprawl

According to some, Canada has become a "country of suburbs". Montreal is no different and many Montrealers are now leaving the city and moving to the suburbs that are easily accessible by car.

As a result, the Island of Montreal is more and more compared to a "donut hole" in terms of population. An urban sprawl that already brings damaging consequences. More roads mean more cars and more cars mean more greenhouse gas emissions.

Constant traffic congestion has a negative impact on our local economy and one of the possible solutions relies heavily on public transportation.

What we actually need to do is fight against urban sprawl, promote cycling and walking, improve our public transportation and support residential development in accordance with our public transit networks.

Montreal Urban Kit by Rachel Louise Barry