The concrete-glass monolith city evolving in the downtown is replacing the charm of traditional old grey stone architecture of Montreal’s earlier times.
Almost all traces of the past is being erased and absorbed into the new, sterile, secular, cold, uncaring, twenty-first century, dark monolith scene, a mirror image of other similar cities that already exist elsewhere.
The evolution continues in lockstep with technological advances that seem to happen so rapidly today quickly making life in the city more attractive for machines than humans.
Hurried, uncertain office workers and the ever-increasing army of homeless now compose most of life in downtown soon to be replaced by AI androids presently being quickly developed by the monied big international corporations.
My picture shows part of Rene Levesque (formerly Dorchester) boulevard looking west, where a lot of new construction goes on presently.
This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”CITY”.
A Montreal crane dance was in full swing downtown on the Rene Levesque boulevard last Wednesday when I happened to drop by to have a look.
As I already indicated in my earlier post, huge skyscrapers were in the process of completion or augmented progress to what I saw last time.
My picture captures the gigantic overhead cranes’ movement rhythm complimented by the help of at least two small ones in their mutual dance towards a quick work finish.
This is my contribution for this week’s WP photo challenge “DANCE”.
In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Beneath Your Feet.”
Construction beneath your feet is happening at multiple project sites in downtown Montreal like the one depicted in this picture.
My recent walk along Rene Levesque boulevard allowed me to see the progress of at least four large downtown projects each one at different stages of the work. Two of the projects are just about complete while the other two, this one being one of them are at the preliminary stage. It is however, far ahead of the deep hole in the ground the other is.
The crane operation in progress is this monster tower alongside the massive Bell sports Center.
Crane operations blanket this part of downtown Montreal as massive structures are evolving emerging out of deep holes that suddenly appeared since last year. This one is interesting because it seems attached to the Bell Center, at least from where I was when I took my picture.
My visit on Saturday along Rene Levesque boulevard (formerly Dorchester) allowed me to see the progress done since my last visit along this stretch. What seems new is the progress on this monster tower going up besides the massive Bell sports Center.
As you can see there are twin cranes working on this large black colored structure which may be another hotel or pricey condominium complex. What you see is the structure’s middle section and there is another smaller, narrower, section that is just a skeleton, on top where these two cranes are. My topmost picture provides an overall side view showing what is missing in the other two pictures.
Just over on the left a another huge crane is helping to put up another tower that probably half done. Not shown in my picture on the left side, that is the north side, further up more construction is going on two more towers. These structures, more than likely, are office space along Rene Levesque boulevard.
As I continued my walk, I came upon two huge, several stories deep, holes dug in the ground just west of our black tower where work is progressing for another pair of large office towers. Yes, folks Montreal is evolving turning into another large city conquered by shiny glass and steel behemoths.
In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Early Bird.”
I was an early bird last Sunday travelling east along the wide boulevard downtown approaching a cluster of famous Montreal landmarks. Waiting for the green light at the intersection of Peel street and Rene Levesque boulevard I took out my camera and captured this view.
The time was about six thirtyish and a beautiful day was just beginning. The sun’s intense rays bathed the south side of the Sunlife building in front, on the left, and also Place Ville Marie hovering over in front of it. Mary Queen of the World Cathedral and the Queen Elizabeth Hotel (with the Canadian flag) still remained in the shadows far removed from the glistening bright white cloud formation just East of them. The sun also bathed and warmed the trees of Dorchester Square in front of the Sunlife building some glistening off the windshield of an STM autobus approaching our intersection heading South.
As you can see up ahead, heading East, a lot of the tall buildings as well as some of the smaller ones also enjoyed the sun’s early morning rays that warmed the roadway medians melting the remains of our long, harsh, Winter.
Early last Summer, 2014, I found serenity while visiting the Mary Queen of the World Cathedral strategically situated on Rene Levesque boulevard near two other famous Montreal landmarks, the Queen Elizabeth Hotel on its East and the Sun Life building on the North side.
As many know, places of worship normally provide a sanctuary, a quiet place to pray, reflect, and venerate and this cathedral qualified perfectly. The Mary Queen of the World Cathedral was built a mirror image of Saint Peter’s Cathedral and is a huge structure just like the one in Rome.
I walked in through a set of massive doors, proceeded up the main aisle, and took a vacant pew and knelt down on the provided kneeling board. I then peacefully and silently prayed to God reflecting on my life. After I had finished, I decided to explore the church and while in the process, discovered this very tranquille, serene, nook with a large statue of Saint Joseph. He was carrying the Christ child on his shoulder something any Earth father would probably do with their child.