NDG block party piques interest in pedestrianized Monkland
Some Notre-Dame-de-Grâce residents say a pedestrian mall on Monkland would be great community space
A weekend pedestrian mall in NDG’s Monkland Village has some nearby residents wishing that that the street was open to pedestrians only more often.
This weekend, Monkland was closed down to traffic for an F1 block party featuring outdoor terraces, activities for children and cars on display.
“I think it's terrific. It's really nice to see the whole neighbourhood out. Lots of people in our neighbourhood that we don't always see in the winter time are now out and strolling up and down the street. So it is a really great festival. We are really happy to have it here,” said resident Steve Majaury.
"A weekend is great but I think if it happened more often that would be a really terrific thing for the community,” he said.
However, some local business owners and employees aren’t as keen on the idea.
"Usually on Saturday it is so crazy. Even the two cashiers are working. But now it's nothing. It's empty," said Haleh Safi, owner of Monkland Fruiterie et Charcuterie.
Ye Olde Orchard bartender Greg Smith thinks the novelty will wear off after a couple of weekends.
"Everybody enjoys this and it is different. But I think if you make it the same all the time it will be just as boring as anything else,” Smith said.
Montreal is home to several pedestrian malls or pedestrian-friendly streets, most famously the stretch of Ste-Catherine Street from De Bleury Street to St-Urbain Street and then from St-Hubert Street to the eastern edge of the Gay Village.