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”.
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”.
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”.
Red hats seem to anticipate trouble as they walk by carefully observing the crowd gathered in front of the popular tire change competition stage on Crescent street during Montreal Grand Prix weekend.
Montreal Police dressed in combat boots, camouflage pants, dark blue standard issue jackets covered by bright neon-color vests with Montreal police logo, and topped with blood-red baseball caps patrolled the street for any obvious signs of unrest or disturbance.
These automatic pistol armed constables were wearing the aforementioned outfits as protest against Quebec government protracted inaction resolving their labor contract with police union.
Despite their labor dispute, the Montreal Police did an excellent job in protecting the area during these troubled times of global international terrorism threats.
This my contribution for WP single word prompt:”ANTICIPATE”.
Rooftop motorized winch used to elevate work scaffold containing these two workers riding it flat against this Montreal skyscraper side to do their job.
Montreal is booming with many tall office and condominium structures being erected all over the place downtown funded by mostly overseas investors money.
After Vancouver and Toronto, Montreal seems to be attracting a substantial amount of this money perhaps, because land is still cheap compared to the other two cities coupled with a growing population of thousands of new arrivals including the recent immigration cue jumpers from the USA.
Few know the reasons why foreigners invest in any particular area however, Canada is probably one of the best places on the globe to do so because it is big, relatively secure, and still inexpensive with a mostly civilized, growing, middle-class, high-percentage literate, population.
This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”ELEVATE”.
Substandard door installation found in many major North American cities that creates hardship for
tenants, mostly poor people, during long Winter months living in cold climate.
The scene is a run down slum apartment house where cold has infiltrated between the steel “insulated” door and its frame requiring the anxious tenant hastily using clear plastic boxing tape as a temporary yet unsatisfactory solution.
Not shown in this picture is the stack of rags stuffed at bottom base of this door to further help solve keeping Winter out and feeble heat from inadequate, electric base heaters in.
Situations like this one are very common in low-income areas, where substandard, old multi-floor structures owned and controlled by slum lord corporations doing little or nothing to improve things unless forced by municipalities and courts.
This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”SUBSTANDARD”.
Hidden security camera mounted high on a roof ledge hangs over a portion of Saint Catherine Street in Montreal providing video and audio coverage of street below totally unknown to observed.
Actually this camera is not really hidden however, since few ever look for it and many others scattered all over the territory it may be considered so.
Since America’s 9-11 cities all over the western world have installed surveillance equipment including high-definition cameras now coupled with servers collecting data and employing sophisticated face recognition software that can be used by law enforcement.
In addition to distinguishing face features some of the software also filters through audio and voices matching it with the faces from huge readily available data bases couple globally, Orwell’s 1984 is definitely here!
This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”HIDDEN”
Disastrous 2017 Montreal West Island flood last Spring continues to be news because many residents that it affected still await Quebec government compensation settlement on their claims.
Depicted is the corner of Saint Jean boulevard where it meets and intersects Pierrefonds boulevard (far left, past Pizza Hut) submerged under polluted water of Rivière-des-Prairies.
This once-in-century calamity couldn’t have happened at more appropriate time in Montreal’s history just when famed, incumbent Mayor Denis Coderre embarked on his multi-million dollar wanton spending spree to mark city’s 375 years.
It also coincides with Canada’s 150th birthday when PM Justin Trudeau embarked on his own wanton spending of taxpayers’ hard-earned money however, regardless of this or any other natural or man-made disasters the giant federal Liberal money-burning party continues as planned damn the consequences.
Come to think of it this flood is nothing compared to what is about to happen to Canada before Trudeau Liberals are kicked out because the financial damage being done now by “Selfie” Justin and his rich international parasite friends is staggering.
This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”DISASTROUS”.
Construction continues at site despite Winter season and light snow dusting on already frozen soil, work must be done to complete the Dollard-des-Ormeaux community center extension on time.
The scene depicts construction work that continued right through last Winter and only completed a few months ago resulting in more valuable space available for community events for Dollard residents as well as entire West Island.
The extension built grafted to the existing community center structure and looks like it was there always yet it’s only this year that they completed it on time and within budget.
This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”SOIL”
Scary acrobatics moxie keeps outdoor show by man-woman buskers team under control while hundreds of eyes remain trained on them while they perform during recent 2017 annual Montreal International Jazz Festival.
These circus grade professionals did their combination juggling and dangerous acrobatics act flawlessly while being admired by a large gathering of locals and many tourists in town for the festival.
The scene seems obvious, woman busker balances herself upside down on man busker’s back, the only thing keeping her from sliding off face first onto hard ground(concrete tiles) is both their arms crossing however, their determination to succeed makes it work.
This thrilling act is another in the series of “spectacles” happening in Montreal on its 375th anniversary while Canada celebrates 150 years under the direction of famed Liberal circus masters Justin Trudeau and Denis Coderre.
This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”MOXIE”.