A specific stretch of Sainte Catherine street, between Bleury and Atwater, has been the focus of many conversations within Montreal, as the city ponders which of the four proposed projects by Projet Saint Catherine Ouest will best serve the public. La Direction de santé publique (DSP) de Montréal don't agree with any of the 4 plans and believe St. Catherine should be made a full-blown pedestrian zone, with no cars allowed on the downtown street, reports La Presse.
In their comments on the St. Catherine street project, Montreal's public health doctors stated that none of the potential plans improved the downtown area in any significant way. The DSP saw no improvement to air quality, a promotion of physical activity, nor a way to reduce road accidents in any of the plans.
Believing that a proposal should be made to consider the benefits of a fully pedestrianized St. Catherine street, the DSP made their own. Montreal's public health doctors propose that the 2.2km length of St. Catherine should become a pedestrian mall all year round, with only public transit vehicles allowed on the space. Store-owners and vendors would need to schedule their inventory deliveries in the DSP's plan.
The public health group points out that Ville-Marie is the Montreal borough with the highest amount of road injuries, with 4, 000 having occurred in the last 5 years, with dozens injured on every intersection of the stretch of St. Catherine street that is planned to be remodeled. Making the street a pedestrian-only zone would no doubt change that figure for the better.
Creating a St. Catherine street that is solely for pedestrians 365 days of the year may be a little extreme, though we agree that the idea should be considered and compared to the 4 other projects proposed. Maybe we'll find that going no-car on St. Catherine street truly is the best way to go on paper and in practice.
While there are a million and one spots to enjoy a 5 à 7 in the city, not everywhere does happy hour quite like this Montreal restaurant in the Village.
Resto Keela serves $6 drinks from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., including house draft beer, house red or white wine, and speed rail mixed drinks, which is a choice of vodka, rye, rum, or gin — a pretty hard drink deal to beat.
As for food, you can go every week and try a different $6 dish at happy hour. "The $6 bites change from week to week but we always offer 3-5 options," owners Kristin Murphy and Johnny Hamilton told MTL Blog.
I went on September 10 and got to try green beans with a cashew romesco sauce and feta crumble, chorizo sausage, chicken Kaarage with kimchi cucumbers, and organic cherry tomato salad with blue cheese. And I kid you not when I say these dishes all take your taste buds on a culinary trip to heaven.
Keela's full menu is also filled with tons of unique dishes for you to try. The celery root carpaccio is hands down my favourite.
Every Friday night, you can hear the sweet voice of Bud Rice sing live at the restaurant.