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28 July 2008

Decarie Boulevard, 1961

Decarie Boulevard as seen in 1961, before it became a sunken expressway.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a cool shot of the way Decarie Blvd. used to be. I vaguely remember driving down that road with Grandpa. It was Grandpa who told me that all the stuff that was dug up to build the sunken Decarie Expressway was used to build St. Helen's Island, for Expo. I was a little girl, and didn't believe him!

11:59 pm  
Blogger stinkypaw said...

I wished it was still like that...

3:37 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh man, I wasn't around in the 60s but I have an idea where exactly that photo was taken--or at least the nearest intersection.

I definitely recognize the Snowdon building on the right and the building in the bottom right corner being near the intersection of Queen Mary and Décarie. (Right?)

This is so weird, but so cool... maybe my aunt and parents remember this.

2:50 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As I was driving down Decarie with my father today (March 19) I asked what was here before the express way and he told me about the Street cars and the set up. I have no idea what they were thinking about when they decided to dig out the current version!!!

8:26 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Use to live in the brownstones on the left. Snowdon Deli across the street and my favorite store "Bagel King" fresh chocolate donuts 5 cents or apple turn-overs 10 cents. I used to get on the streetcar there and head to Belmont Park. Good Memories !!!

3:08 am  
Blogger Linda said...

Great memories of this from my childhood. Thank you so much for sharing.

7:15 pm  
Blogger Urban Legend said...

On the east side of Decarie Blvd. between Cote St. Luc Rd. and Queen Mary Rd., there existed apartment buildings and duplexes on the western end of those short streets such Dalou and Saranac that were demolished for the widening of the Decarie Expressway--a project planned as far back around 1959 but with actual construction beginning in 1964 and ending in 1967 just in time for Expo67--the main incentive for its creation in the first place. Since that time, the value of properties alongside the Decarie Expressway have decreased due to the traffic noise and air pollution. Pipe dreams of completely covering over the Decarie Expressway with a green space, cycling paths, and vehicle parking area to serve the many adjacent commercial establishments have yet to become reality while other such coverings like the Ville Marie Expressway near the Convention Centre have come to fruition. How many more decades must we wait?

9:43 am  

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