Urban deterioration scale is evident by amount of graffiti, broken boarded up windows, crumbling brick walls, miscellaneous debris, and general run down look of place.
This picture taken in downtown Montreal below Rene Levesque boulevard captures some of what is being torn down and replaced by rampant urban development featuring huge dark glass and metal highrises funded by mostly foreign overseas money.
Decades of laissez-faire by paid off corrupt city administrations allowing rich slum lords to acquire loads of old property cheaply then continue practicing neglect doing very little maintaining these properties meanwhile, raising rents to their poor tenants creates this type of scenario.
The corporate slum lords await the right moment to sell obviously very valuable downtown property for huge profits to the foreign buyers eager to park their money avoiding taxes at home.
This is my contribution for WP weekly photo challenge:”SCALE”.
Kiddie show launch during Saint Jean Baptiste Day celebrations on an outdoor stage in Montreal’s West Island filled with cheerful, excited, and happy children watched by their equally excited, happy, parents.
Funded by $millions in hard-earned taxpayers money that the Quebec government generously doles out to municipalities to allegedly celebrate province’s patron saint, the day filled with merriment, music, and all sorts of fun for citizens and visitors.
The former peaceful religious feast day celebration morphed into a secular holiday during 1970’s when the chain-smoking former journalist Rene Levesque led separatist Parti Québécois government legislated it into “La Fete National” to prepare Quebecers for the infamous sovereignty referendums to break up Canada that followed later.
Quebec has since evolved from a majority French-speaking Christian Catholic society into one lost in the shuffle, where adoring celebrities and excesses of material wealth has replaced worship of God.
This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”LAUNCH”.
Once fashionable this old American automobile has been replaced by high-tech, more safer, modern vehicles that use less fuel and pollute less with their emissions, and are more luxurious and comfortable.
Although it is old it is still interesting to look at and drive as a classic car and many collectors desire it because it retains and increases in value as time passes.
This particular car is from upstate New York visiting Hudson, which is a municipality west of the island of
Montreal nearing the Ontario border for a vintage car show.
This picture is about a decade old made on a beautiful sunny warm Sunday afternoon.
This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”FASHIONABLE”.
Towards end of hard day pedestrian takes rest on a park bench nearby is mobile fast food truck where other fellow pedestrians lined up for some fries, hotdogs, burgers, soft drinks, and other goodies for supper.
This fellow seems dead to the world perhaps, he really had a very stressful day at office or had a problem sleeping the previous night, or may be he just wants to enjoy the evening’s last warm sun rays warming his face who knows!
The scene is Place du Canada park, downtown Montreal, at intersection of Metcalf street and Rene Levesque boulevard with the old Sun Life building looming in background and Mary Queen Of The World Cathedral (not shown) on extreme right of picture.
This is my contribution for WP weekly photo challenge:”PEDESTRIAN”.
Giant red crowned woodpecker’s bug interest seems evident as he hangs by clawed feet perched high up ready to peck out any insects on utility pole.
Perhaps, it spotted some wood-boring beetle larvae on pole or more likely carpenter ants which are more numerous and create tunneled colonies in trees.
Early last week I heard a familiar loud unique crazy piercing staccato sound emanating somewhere nearby my backyard and while trying to discern which bird was making it I saw a very large bird suddenly fly by and land on the Hydro Quebec utility pole.
Realizing what I just saw I scrambled for my digital camera to make a photograph before it flew off off fortunately I was quick enough however, I was limited to what I could capture.
The Pileated Woodpecker is a large elusive North American bird slightly larger than common crows, called “pileated” taken from Latin word pileatus meaning capped referring to its prominent red crest.
This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”INTEREST”.
Rail nail circle made from old used discarded black colored CNR or CPR iron road spike fasteners assembled wheel shape style.
The scene is in Stuart Hall in Pte. Claire, where several Quebec artists exhibited their works marking Canada’s 150th Anniversary this past summer.
Exhibits were displayed both inside the Stuart Hall building as well as outside on the grounds of this famous old former mansion now a community center.
This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”CIRCLE”.
Ever since secret project was abruptly terminated during Diefenbaker era a popular legend evolved regarding Canada’s position in today’s advanced military jet aircraft.
Armchair experts insist that the Diefenbaker Conservative government set Canadian aerospace back allowing others primarily the USA to benefit from all the very expensive research already done as well as from all the technical staff Avro laid off.
They claim Canada gave away the whole store in a proverbial “fire sale” ending up poorer for it because many of those Avro scientists and technicians ended up “Making America Great” working in USA developing its NASA space program.
There is no doubt that the Avro Arrow was unique and probably the most advanced aircraft of its kind however, it was heavily over-budget generating a real strain on Canada’s fiscal resources.
Canada, although a huge country with its small population tax base did not have an economy to support this type of very expensive project compared to the USA with its massive economy.
Ottawa’s Canada Aviation And Space Museum is home for part of what’s left of the Arrow, the cockpit are depicted however, 1/3 of both wings, essentially its wing tips, and two sets of engines, one being the famous Iroquois, are available too.
These other components are stored nearby along the inner wall of the building for those interested in viewing them.
This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”POPULAR”.
Installing highrise windows is a particularly tricky business due to many factors however, these two workmen on scaffold seem at ease about it.
Lately for the last few years Montreal downtown core has had a construction boom of modern towers whose exterior is mostly glass and metal similar to this picture.
As mentioned at least once in my previous posts all this construction is funded by overseas money because Canada seems as a safe place to invest money that would probably be taxed at home.
These two construction workers appear to be doing some sort of maintenance on these windows oblivious to being suspended on that scaffold about halfway up a 30 to 50 story building.
This is my contribution for WP weekly photo challenge:”WINDOWS”.
All year and in particular during Summer Quebec Provincial Police are highway security focused ensuring order to vehicular traffic.
The scene is somewhere south of Montreal on Highway 10 in the Eastern townships and one motorist, the black SUV, appears pulled over probably for speeding.
Speeding and driving under the influence are the main factors to traffic accidents on roads resulting in carnage death and long-term disability.
The weather seems pleasant, bright and hazy and there is a bit of traffic therefore, some will speed trying to get ahead of the slower “convoys” and become a target for the QPP speed traps.
This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”FOCUSED”.
The old Birks and Sons jewelry establishment in downtown Montreal certainly seems to know how to pamper time judging by display of awesome chronograph watches in one of their street windows.
This attractive Saint Catherine Street window exhibit of fancy and expensive Breitling “aviation” watches is not for the average working slob instead for those requiring top quality and are willing to pay top dollar for precision.
These products are also for those accustomed to the finer things in life regardless of price according to old JP Morgan quote: “If you have to ask how much it costs, you can’t afford it!”
One of the last remaining Swiss watch brands legendary Breitling, established in 1884, is leader and specializes in technical, wrist chronograph watches, they develop and produce some of the world’s finest, practically indestructible, reliable, high-performance products.
This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”PAMPER”.