Thursday, August 21, 2008

Montreal Lands On Boardwalk

From The Montreal Gazette:

Monopoly lovers Worldwide vote our town onto the most coveted spot, with St. Joseph's Oratory representing the city on its square. Toronto and Vancouver also make the cut

People from around the world will soon risk going to jail or going bankrupt, all for the chance of developing and mortgaging properties on Montreal.

The city has replaced the coveted and most expensive spot on the Monopoly board, that of the dark blue Boardwalk, in Hasbro Inc.'s new international version: Monopoly Here and Now: The World Edition.

For seven weeks in early 2008, more than 5.6 million Monopoly fans around the world voted online for a list of 70 cities to fill 22 spots on the new board. Montreal received the highest number of votes, right above Riga, Latvia's capital, which is Montreal's neighbour on the board, getting the fancy spot formerly known as Park Place in the original version patented by Charles Darrow in 1935.

Vancouver and Toronto were also voted onto the revamped board, making Canada the only country with three cities represented.

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