Originally Posted by vegeta_skyline
Would it be far to say Ste-Foy is to Quebec City as what Mississauga is to Toronto? Just trying to get an idea of how far away those skylines are and how big of a suburb Ste-Foy is.
I am not sure if such a comparison is totally accurate because I believe Ste-Foy is more integrated in Quebec City than Mississauga is to Toronto. First of all, Ste-Foy doesn't exist anymore since it fusionned with Quebec almost a decade ago, to great success I might add. I'd say that its pretty much an integral part of the city nowadays. Also, about 7-8 km separates downtown Quebec City to Ste-Foy compared to almost 30km for the two Ontario cities.
This somewhat newer part of town was basically created following the implementation of three buildings/institutions: the modern Laval University campus, the Laval University Hospital Center and finally, one of the first big shopping mall in Canada, Place Laurier. The shift from the historic downtown was also facilitated because of the city administration's mistakes of the 70's, when many beautiful victorian mansions as well as whole city blocks were destroyed to make way to modern, aka concrete towers. I would say that it left a scar in the collective psyche of the inhabitants. No towers have been built in downtown Quebec city in over 30 years. Of course, there was still a need for new office space in Quebec city so new economic poles have started to emerged in the last decades, one of which is Ste-Foy.
There are yet other reasons why this newer district is attracting highrises instead of the old city. First of all: height regulations, which tend...tend to be less stringent then those in the Quebec's downtown.
Also, the presence of the bridges next to the Ste-Foy district. Many big Montreal corporations have offices in Quebec City and there is a lot of going back and forth between the two cities. By having its offices in Ste-Foy instead of Quebec (which is farther and finding parking can be difficult), companies save time and money. Anyway, that is what I've been told.
That being said, the old town still attracts some investments (Insurance company headquarters, condos) but no where near what you will see in newer part of town. You can clearly see Ste-Foy in the background and it will be even more visible once the 29-story tower is completed:
Quebec city from above - Québec vu du ciel
, sur Flickr
The rate of growth of this economic pole has really started to increase in the last few years. Many more towers will be built here in the coming years. One insurance company in particular has bought a lot of land and real estate in this area and is planning to build a new highrise in the near future. Cominar Real Estate Investment Trust, the largest commercial property owner and manager in the province of Quebec (based in Quebec City) also has bought huge land properties in the area.
I'm still not sure how I feel about a city the size of Quebec having multiple economic...nodes. However, it may have helped preserve the unique character of the old city so I guess it has its advantages. It seems that in a few decades, skyscraper enthousiasts will have to look at Quebec City from a different point of view in order to see a typical North American skyline.
The city just unveiled its masterplan for the future of the Sainte-Foy district, a very important undertaking, stretching from the bridges all the way to Laval University. This vision was long overdue and I am very pleased with what the city has envisionned. Construction in this district has been very strong during the last decade but unfortunately, it didn't follow any guidelines. Hence, it is now very patchwork-like and honestly, not easy on the eyes.
The district was divided in four different sectors to reflect the different realities of each one: residential vs commercial vs educational vs sport infrastructure...
Here's some of the renderings presented in this plan:
Finally, here's more pics of the plan if you are interested: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showth...961230&page=38