It is false to pretend our commercial streets and a megamall can coexist without hurting each other. If it sees the light of day, the Royalmount (Quinze40) will seriously hurt our downtown’s economy and many of Montreal’s other commercial streets.
Instead of encouraging a new megamall in the heart of the island only accessible by car, Montreal should instead prioritize existing shopping centres and maintain the vitality of its local businesses.
Protecting our commercial streets is a societal choice, a choice to live in the city in high-quality mixed-use neighbourhoods, a choice to develop Montreal as a unique and exceptional experience.
To govern is to choose, and large, prosperous cities across the planet have chosen to no longer develop megamalls like the one planned at the intersection of Highways 15 and 40.
It’s time to enter the 21st century. The Coderre administration must take a stand against the Royalmount (Quinze40) megamall and demand the Town of Mount Royal to cancel the project.