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A responsible neighborhood project for Montreal by Groupe Pacific

Respect our planet’s limits. Live lightly, live well.

In recent decades, our cities have spread faster and further than we can often manage, encouraged by our lifestyles, short-sighted policies and economy. The time has come to think more globally about the accelerating problems resulting from urban sprawl. We now know that our health and quality of life depend on a healthy environment, making the excessive consumption often associated with suburbs appear more and more obsolete. We take for granted luxuries that our great-grandparents could only imagine, blind to their origin and the damage they cause.

Times are changing. It is high time to rethink the ways we build our cities and live our lives, to reclaim healthy and happy urban living. When municipalities, developers and citizens work together, we can change how we do things and how we live.

Healthy 21st century lifestyles, today.

Accessibility, public spaces that build stronger community, efficient public transportation and best of all, tranquility. Imagine a neighborhood where you can always go to a park abundant with nature without crossing busy streets; where you don’t have to have a gym membership because exercise is an effortless part of daily life in a bicycle and pedestrian-oriented community; where you don’t have to diet because you grow your own fresh fruit and vegetables in community gardens and enjoy sustainable food at the community kitchen and restaurants; where you know your neighbors and are greeted by name, each day, by the person who sells you fair trade coffee or bakes your organic local bread...

 
   
 

And what if urban development was planned carefully to protect and even restore ecosystems instead of exploiting them? What if we learned to live side by side with nature, right in the city? And what if we were fully aware of our ecological foot prints and lived in a place where everyone worked together to value and re-use our planet’s limited, precious resources?

Act now for a better tomorrow

Nestled between three neighborhoods, bordered to the north by a residential neighborhood of single-family homes, to the west by a railway track and to the south by a virtually inactive industrial park, this space, currently occupied by a golf course, the project can offer unequalled possibilities for creating Quebec’s most important climate change adaptation project. After being overlooked for 40 years and no investment except for basic road maintenance, we believe it is now time for a bold plan for this site. This could enhance Montreal’s international reputation for environmental leadership and make this project an example of urban planning for the 21st century.

Most “sustainable” North American communities are being built to narrowly focus on costly high energy performance technologies that bring direct benefit only to their residents. Our project can go beyond this to promote a broadly sustainable way of life and collaborative approach that can make the project’s best features available to improve quality of life and infrastructure throughout surrounding municipalities.

 
   
 

Thrive together. Close-knit community living.

This fresh approach to healthy urban living is one where everything you need is within a 5-minute walk and people conveniently live, work and play in the bustling neighborhood and serene park. It could be a place where all generations can come together to learn from and inspire each other, where families garden and exercise outdoors together, where grandparents live near their grandchildren. It should be a place where kids grow up in harmony with nature and enjoy seasonal activities like the annual fruit, nut and vegetable harvest. Most importantly, living near everything you need at Petite Rivière will let you spend more time on the activities and people you care about.

Petite Rivière will prove that urban living and nature can not just co-exist but thrive together. Petite Rivière could provide a new standard by which healthy urban neighborhoods are judged in the future.

Reinventing neighborhood life…

A healthy, happy urban neighborhood.

A win-win scenario for the three municipalities.

The Petite Rivière project lies at the crossroads of three dynamic municipalities that are committed to promoting a responsible community: Côte Saint-Luc, Montreal West and the Borough of Lachine (Montreal). Their leadership is an asset to a uniquely inclusive project like ours.

Quality of life is a reliable indicator of the prosperity of any community. Research indicators show that while a significant number of residents in these areas are reasonably content, improvements to local services and new amenities could do much to enhance local quality of life.

 
Lachine Canal, Lachine Borough
© Pierre Giard / www.pierregphotographie.com
 
Planned actions:

The City of Côte Saint-Luc was the first municipality to: ban the use of pesticides; make bicycle helmets mandatory; create “Heart in Motion” walking paths; and launch curb side collection of organic waste materials.

Montreal-West has a tightly-knit community that organizes excellent gatherings and festivals throughout the year.

The Lachine Borough’s canal is but one of its many historic sites and major museums. Lachine also has several kilometres of bicycle paths and walking paths as well as green spaces, several kilometres of which run along the Saint Lawrence River. The question of whether there should be direct or indirect linkage of the site and this borough will, however, require thorough study, citizen involvement and careful negotiations

 


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