Richard Bergeron wants to clean up downtown
Mayoral candidates usually promise to clean up their city if elected, but Richard Bergeron says he means that literally.
He says he plans on drawing families back into living indowntown core if he becomes Montreal's next mayor in November—and in order to do that some clean up is necessary.
His Projet Montreal municipal team will focus on redeveloping dreary parking lots and worn down spaces, in hopes of relegating some downtown parking underground, he told reporters earlier today.
They will also look to expand bike lanes eastward on De Maisonneuve Blvd., he said.
He also says his government would strike ground on a ten to fifteen kilometer tramway network.
“The government of Quebec can extend the metro up to Anjou at the same time that we build 10-15 km [...] of the tram network,” said Bergeron.
“We will see if we prefer Côte-des-Neiges or St. Laurent or Parc Avenue, but for sure it will be on René Lévesque [Blvd], we can do that before 2017,” he added.
An opponent for mayor Denis Coderre has said tramways are unfeasible—but Bergeron maintains the project can be completed for $40-60 million per kilometer, roughly a quarter the price of a metro extension—and will ultimately save the city operating costs compared to buses once they're inplace, he said.
Mayoralty candidate Marcel Côté also says he wants to keep families from leaving Montreal.
If elected his party plans to build 2000 new three-bedroom homes in hopes of keeping new families from moving into the suburbs, according to a press release.
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