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The STM Is Being Accused Of Hostile Architecture With Metro Station Bench Bars

The STM says Viau station's bench armrests are "necessary for universal accessibility."
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The STM Is Being Accused Of Hostile Architecture With Metro Station Bench Bars

A Facebook post with over 100 likes and comments is calling attention to the recent installation of armrests on a bench inside the STM's Viau metro station — a move that some people say is an example of hostile architecture. 

In a statement sent to MTL Blog, the STM said that the bench armrests are "necessary for universal accessibility to allow customers with reduced mobility to get up more easily."

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The armrests were installed during the renovations at Viau station to install elevators in response to "long-standing requests made from various associations," according to the STM. 

This isn't the first time that Montreal's transit company has been accused of using hostile installations.

In February, the company came under fire for boarding up Bonaventure station benches that have been a popular resting spot for unhoused Montrealers. 

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