National Geographic : 1967 May
Montrealers like to call each a "Place"-in a master scheme that makes downtown Mont real a kind of three-level city. On one, pedes trians move; on another, vehicles; the third is office space. Projects on the books ultimately will create a six-mile network of walkways lined with shops, theaters, restaurants, and entrances to buildings and other facilities. People will be able to go from the lower slopes of Mount Royal to the river-edge finan cial district without setting foot outdoors-a distinct advantage to a city whose average of eight feet of wintertime snow is greater than Moscow's, and whose summer heat and humidity rival New York's. Montreal's planning aims to avoid the over whelming skyscraper-canyon effect of other metropolises. Building codes require that the taller the structure, the more open space it must also provide. Thus downtown Montreal preserves broad plazas and airy walking areas. Renewed Pride Transforms a "Sin City" How can the city have accomplished so much in so little time? I put the question to Jean Drapeau, whose hard-working dyna mism has made him perhaps the most popu lar and respected mayor in Montreal's long history (page 606). "I think it's a matter of reawakened pride 613 KODACHROMES BY ARLANR. WIKER(OPPOSITE)ANDEMORYKRISTOF.BOTHNATIONALGEOGRAPHICSTAFF ) N.G.S.