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The Alleys of Quebec City, Canada: Lagging Behind their ...

The Alleys of Quebec City, Canada: Lagging Behind their Montreal Counterparts

The program for beautifying the alleys of Quebec City has found little success in Limoilou. There is so little happening that $600,000 of available funds are sitting in the city’s coffers. “The program does not work at all” explained the official responsible for the report, Sonia Ratté, during a recent plenary committee meeting. “The challenge

An alley in Limoilou, Quebec.

The program for beautifying the alleys of Quebec City has found little success in Limoilou. There is so little happening that $600,000 of available funds are sitting in the city’s coffers.

“The program does not work at all” explained the official responsible for the report, Sonia Ratté, during a recent plenary committee meeting. “The challenge we are facing is to make Limoilou greener,” she stressed.

Since 2002, the city has invested in about twenty projects in Limoilou and the Montcalm neighborhood. The majority of the program’s investments were dedicated to refurbishing roads. Yet, they want to progressively replace the asphalt in order to make the area more green and reduce urban heat islands.

To justify the delay, the official explained that the situation in Limoilou was special, and that contrary to Montreal, Quebec City did not own its alleys. Moreover, those found in Quebec City are not as long.

A "green alley" in Montreal, Quebec.

Built by developers who also developed the neighborhood, Limoilou’s alleyways do not belong to anyone. In order for projects to begin, the citizens of the neighborhood must agree to whatever is to be done.

During the electoral campaign, the area’s candidate, Suzanne Verreault, promised to make an investigation into the matter a priority. According to her, the program is not flexible enough, and the alleys have a great potential that is not being taken advantage of.

The mayor Régis Labeaume posed many questions about this topic and highlighted the degree to which Montreal had succeeded in making its alleys community spaces.

Can refurbishing alleys have both an aesthetic and social impact on a neighborhood, or is their importance marginal?

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Original article, originally published in French, here.

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Marcus Khoury is a recent graduate of the University of California Los Angeles, where he obtained a B.A. in French & Francophone Studies. Aside from his native Michigan, Marcus has lived in several states, in addition to France and Chile. Owing...

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