Friday, March 6, 2009

Montreal's Main's Red Light Row To Get A Makeover

Boarded-up windows line much of the down-at-the-heels block of St. Laurent, south of Ste. Catherine St., earmarked for development. Photograph by: Pierre Obendrauf, The Gazette

From The Montreal Gazette:

Developer sees museums, galleries, boutiques.

Some will say that history is being pressured to leave the Lower Main. Others, however, will see an opportunity for Montreal's most storied street to return to its glory days.

The first buildings in a long-coveted but dilapidated block of St. Laurent Blvd. between Ste. Catherine St. and René Lévesque Blvd. have been sold to a non-profit development corporation that wants to transform that part of the red light district into an eco-friendly showcase of art and socially responsible retail.

Socrates Goulakos, whose family has had a piece of the block for 85 years, sold his six buildings in mid-December to Angus Development Corp.

Angus is also behind a $16.5-million cultural centre to begin construction this summer at 2-22 Ste. Catherine St. E.

Read more ....

My Comment: I ate my first hot dog in the Montreal Pool Room when I was a child. A tradition that I have kept up as an adult.

It's passing will be missed.

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