The area of the city I chose to analyze is located in Cartierville. The specific area spans about four blocs from Dudemaine street all the way up to Salaberry, it is bordered by Rue Fillion and St-Germain. This block of the borough of Cartierville is mostly residential and suburban but if there would only be that aspect this paper wouldn’t be too interesting. So I decided to go one block over to Obrien which has more of a commercial side to it. So we can see the shift between the two types of areas.
INITIAL EXPECTATIONS/FIRST IMPRESSIONS
At first glance this neighbourhood this neighbourhood seemed very quiet, very boring. And for the most part this is true. Most of the area studied is residential space and…show more content… Cartierville had become a suburb of Montreal in 1898 it also became the northern terminus of the Montreal Park and Island tramway line; which was also know as the “17-Cartierville”. The village was named in honor of Sir George-Etienne Cartier one of the fathers of confederation of Canada. In the winter of 1912 it achieved official city status. In 1914 the agricultural side of Cartierville was granted independance from the city and then became known as the ville du Saraguay.
Finally on the 22nd of December 1916, the government of Quebec ordered the annexation of Cartierville to the city of Montreal. This was also the home of the famous Belmont Park which operated from 1923 until its closing in 1983. Even though it was a huge success the city was displeasured by its operation as it was taking business away from the then city owned La Ronde. This now borough of Montreal has a special place in Montrealers harts as it was home to one of their favorite childhood…show more content… On this corner there are two corner stores, a police station and duplexes starting to appear. This bring the feeling of the city (busyness, hustle and bustle) to the quaint little suburb. And I fell it is the apartment buildings that trap you in and make you feel uncomfortable. This is where James Kuntsler’s and Montgomery’s ideas of happy cities come into play. For the most part the area is a happy place, nothing too ugly that you just can’t stand to be around. As you approach that corner the apartment buildings are sort of the ugly duckling, they weren’t built with the most fashionable facade; a brick wall with some windows. Not too visually pleasing, then you have the police station and again the front of the building is alright but go to the side3 and you want to walk as fast as you can to get past