De L'Assomption Boulevard

De L'Assomption Boulevard (French: boulevard de l'Assomption) is a main north-south street in the Montreal boroughs of Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie and Saint-Léonard.

Description

The boulevard is 3.6 kilometres long and starts at its intersection with Hochelaga Street and ends at its intersection with Jean-Talon Street. The Assomption metro station is located on the boulevard south of Sherbrooke Street East, at the corner with Chauveau Street. The Hôpital Maisonneuve-Rosemont (the largest hospital in Quebec) is on the north-east side of Assomption where it intersects with Boulevard Rosemont, and on the facing south-west of the boulevard are the Olympic Village and the classic garden city development of Cité-jardin du Tricentenaire.[1]

The boulevard got its name in 1951 in honor of the proclamation of the Dogma of the Assumption of Mother Mary a year earlier by Pope Pius XII.

Planned extension and maintenance

Since 2013 there have been plans to improve access to the Port of Montreal by extending the boulevard to Notre-Dame Street.[2][3] This has led to conflicts regarding zoning restrictions in the borough of Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve.[4] Plans have also been delayed by the costs of decontaminating the old Canadian Steel Foundries site (cleared in 2004) at the southern end of the boulevard.[5]

In 2016, ten million dollars were invested in renovations on the stretch of the boulevard through the borough of Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie,[6] after protests by residents the previous year.[7]

De L'Assomption Boulevard
Direction North-south
Starts at Hochelaga Street
Ends at Jean-Talon Street
Length 3.6 km
Designated December 3, 1951
Formerly names Rue Poulin, 45e Avenue

References

  1. Hélène Laperrière, Promenades montréalaises (Montreal, 2003), p. 273.
  2. Consensus en faveur du prolongement du boulevard de l’Assomption, Métro 10 May 2013. Accessed 25 October 2016.
  3. Le boulevard de l'Assomption sera prolongé jusqu'au port de Montréal, Ici Radio-Canada, 10 May 2013. Accessed 25 October 2016.
  4. Anne-Marie Provost, Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve bloque un projet de transport de marchandises, Ici Radio-Canada, 30 May 2016. Accessed 25 October 2016.
  5. Steve Caron, Les coûts de décontamination : un frein au développement économique, Métro 4 February 2014. Accessed 25 October 2016.
  6. Nafi Alibert, Cure de jouvence du boulevard de l’Assomption, Métro 22 June 2016. Accessed 25 October 2016.
  7. Christopher Nardi, Ils en ont assez de leur rue délabrée: Les résidents du boulevard de l’Assomption vivent avec une rue dans un état lamentable, Le Journal de Montréal, 9 August 2015. Accessed 25 October 2016.

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