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Sunday, 19 October 2014

Saturday Photo: What the Champs des possibles Was Like Before CP Trashed It

This picture was taken a couple of years ago in early summer when a former industrial site was beginning to bloom.  These are the Champs des possibles, acquired by the city of Montreal in 2006 and managed by a citizen's group Les Champs des possibles as a natural wild space surrounded by buildings and train tracks.

But Canadian Pacific razed part of the area--what you see in the background of the photo--on Friday.  An "accident," the railway says through spokespersons.  But locals aren't so sure. 

CP wanted to do some work on the rails, and so set out to put up new track.  When called on it, the company apologized and promised to set things back to the way they were. 

Lotsa luck.  There were beehives and butterflies, insects and all manner of wild things in the little island of verdure.  Given the fact that it's only been a few years since the area was set aside for non-development, it's quite amazing what has returned.  Shame on CP: there's absolutely no reason for what they've done.

2 comments:

Alison said...

ICYMI Canadian Pacific bulldozed 20 year old community gardens built alongside their disused Arbutus corridor railway running through Vancouver.

lagatta à montréal said...

They also refuse repeated requests by the arrondissements on either side of the tracks (the Plateau and Rosemont-La-Petite-Patrie) and citizen groups to allow a secure level crossing to be installed there.

Yes, I'm very sad about this. Something similar happened a bit northwest of there when the mature trees in le Parc des Gorilles were bulldozed by a real estate speculator. http://parcdesgorilles.blogspot.ca/