Montreal Urban Kit

Montreal Urban Kit is, in a way, about public spaces such as streets and neighborhoods and about parks, market places and commercial areas filled with people.

Cities have become dominant because of the variety of products and services they offer and because they have unlimited social potential for friends and networking.

Montreal is where Montrealers meet, relate and interact, but it is also where our urban emotional availability is lesser than in any smaller rural population.

Montreal 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 or street art is art, they surpass all the criticisms related to its illegality.

Urban art is a non violent form of expression and 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 an urban areas. Colorful graffiti cover the walls of highways, bridges and buildings and they beautify Montreal Urban Kit by making it more unique and more personal.

Montreal 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.

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.

Montreal Urban Geography

There are four distinct seasons in Montreal Urban Kit. Winter is cold, snowy and windy, spring and autumn range from chilly to warm to chilly 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 the 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 parallel to both rivers are referred to as East or West and are set-apart by the Saint-Laurent boulevard. Streets that are perpendicular to both rivers are referred to as North or South.

Montreal Urban Behavior

Montreal Urban kit is probably the only city in Quebec to hold as many subcultures and different 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 the population, while immigrants and permanent residents form the last third of the 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 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.

Montreal 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. 

Montreal 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" when we refer to its 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 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