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Old Posted Oct 1, 2013, 9:10 PM
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Montreal in the 1990s

This three-part series used to be on Openfile until that website was shut down. It has been reposted on Coolopolis.

Montreal in the 1990s
See also: Montreal in the 1980s


Montreal in the 90s series by by KRISTIAN GRAVENOR
Part 1 of 3: A history of hardship http://www.coolopolis.blogspot.ca/20...rdship-pt.html
Part 2 of 3: Darkness in hopes of a dawn http://www.coolopolis.blogspot.ca/20...rkness-in.html
Part 3 of 3: Resurgence and revival http://coolopolis.blogspot.ca/2013/1...gence-and.html

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Old Posted Oct 1, 2013, 10:58 PM
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I didn't think it was that bad.

And Mile End still looks pretty much the same except for all the hipster hangouts on st viateur and fairmont.
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I grew up in the 90's. More specifically I grew up in the Mile-End.

I remember the bleakness.


The Mile-end today and the Mile-end of 1992 are two different worlds, I'd say.
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I remember the bleakness.

Yes for sure. I remember those subterranean seedy dealer bars on parc too.

Culturally it's changed but physically..... if I walk up say Jeanne Mance it still looks like Jeanne Mance. With Jewish kids running around everywhere. St Viateur Bagel looks exactly the same. So does Open Da Night. Clintele has changed of course.
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I made my first visit to Montreal in 1992, returned in 1995 and came back frequently for the next 6 years. There was a certain gritty, almost unstable element to the city that I didn't see in, say, Toronto or Vancouver in those days. It also seemed down at the heels, as though Montreal was undergoing some sort of massive civic hangover after the sociocultural thrill ride of the 1960s and 70s.

I'm not sure what's changed, but Montreal doesn't give off that vibe anymore. It looks a lot more polished and prosperous these days.
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I was really young and remember the atmosphere around town, almost looked like a soviet city overtaken by punks in some part of town.
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As rad as the '90s were, they were pretty bleak urban-wise.
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wow! i miss it.
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It's a shame Ben's closed down.
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St Laurant in all its gritty 90's charm

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1993


http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/mul...content.5.html

Mayor Jean Doré

Jean Dore by imagesdistributioncanada, on Flickr


Pierre Trudeau and 3 sons by Dawn One, on Flickr


gm_08636 Montreal, Quebec 1993 by CanadaGood, on Flickr


Quebec Montreal 1993-0206 Street Snow by CanadaGood, on Flickr


Quebec Montreal 1993-0205 Downtown Snow by CanadaGood, on Flickr


Quebec Montreal 1993-0204 Downtown Snow by CanadaGood, on Flickr


Winter traffic by zadcat, on Flickr


De LaGauchetiere Street, Montreal,Quebec by menezippe, on Flickr


De LaGauchetiere,Montreal,Qc by menezippe, on Flickr


CANADIAN VICKERS OFFICES MONTREAL QC by menezippe, on Flickr


Queen's Hotel Montreal Qc demolition 4 by menezippe, on Flickr


Queen's Hotel Montreal Qc demolition 7 by menezippe, on Flickr


Queen's Hotel Montreal Qc demolition 12 by menezippe, on Flickr


The Start 1993 Montreal Grand Prix by World Where You Live, on Flickr


1993_08 Montreal 0 by Mark & Andrea Busse, on Flickr


http://www2.ville.montreal.qc.ca/arc...e11/index.shtm


http://www2.ville.montreal.qc.ca/arc...e10/index.shtm


http://www2.ville.montreal.qc.ca/arc...e12/index.shtm

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Thanks for sharing all these great vintage pics.


This one, I don't remember that CN building. I kind of like it.
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^Found it on vanishing montreal.

I have grown to like those types of buildings. Love the glass blocks that compromises much of the 4th floor.


http://www.vanishingmontreal.com/201...1_archive.html

Now, there's just a huge empty land there.

A quick google search tells me that this was the CN bonaventure building, wich was a freight rail terminal.


http://www.imagescn.technomuses.ca/_...l/CN005852.jpg
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^ I remember that building! They demolished it about 10 years ago. I think they had planned to put another phase of the Jardins Windsor there. I remember CN used the building well after the tracks were ripped up in that part of town (which explains why almost all the buildings for a few blocks west of there date from the late 80s/early 90s).
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The photo of Patrick Roy holding the Stanley Cup is not from 1993; it's from 1986 when the Habs won the Stanley Cup in Calgary.
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i arrived in montreal in 1995. it felt very different than it does today, and there was an enormous sense that most things of significance were happening elsewhere. the city was totally anomalous in the canadian context — it was fractious and unmoored, and had the visual aspect of a philadelphia or a cleveland. there were outdated signs and cars, and a lot of rusty infrastructure. the latter is still there, of course, and in many cases is even rustier, but things like the lachine canal reconstruction and the parc/des pins adaptation give it a different sense; one does not feel that it will remain in state forever.

the anglo scene that now animates mile-end was then located in the southwestern plateau, on streets like coloniale and hotel-de-ville. it was far less common to encounter someone whose big ideas were related to money or success; marginal creative projects were more the norm. i miss that city, but recognize it as a somewhat perverse form of missing, and one that is related to the universal missing of one's youth. i was 18, 19, 20 in those years. rent was cheap. but today's montreal is the greater city.
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Feels almost like yesterday. Reminds me of my UG days at Concordia (90-94). The city was....on the edge. Aside from the cup and the completion of the two tallest, things were quite shitty in Montreal back in the early-mid nineties. bleak times, economically and politically.

I miss the old Queen's hotel. Yes, a shambles, but I loved the grittiness of it from the exit ramp from the Ville Marie Tunnel. I miss the Expos and their crappy scoreboard. I miss the old Dunn's location on Ste. Cath.
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