Sign up for our newsletter and get a curated list of the top trending stories and exclusive rewards every day.

Trending Topics

Get the MTL Blog app

Download on the App StoreGet it on Google Play

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."
Staff Writer
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."

Editor's Choice: This Is The Most Expensive Single-Family Home Sale In Montreal So Far This Year

[rebelmouse-image 26879693 photo_credit="Tommy Proulx-Roy | Facebook" expand=1 original_size="720x960"] Tommy Proulx-Roy | Facebook

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. 

More from MTL Blog

Comments 💬

Our comment section is a place to promote self-expression, freedom of speech and positivity. We encourage discussion and debate, but our pages must remain a safe space where everyone feels comfortable and the environment is respectful.

In order to make this possible, we monitor comments to keep spam, hate speech, violence, and vulgarity off our pages. Comments are moderated according to our Community Guidelines.

Please note that Narcity Media does not endorse the opinions expressed in the comment section of an article. Narcity Media has the right to remove comments, ban or suspend any user without notice, or close a story’s comment section at any time.

First and last names will appear with each comment and the use of pseudonyms is prohibited. By commenting, you acknowledge that Narcity Media has the right to use & distribute your content across our properties.

Loading...