Photo cred - Radio-Canada
Brand new benches have popped up in Montreal and the new design is set to dominate downtown in the next few weeks. Equipped with armrests, the new benches will foster sharing, but will hinder anyone who wants to lie down for a quick sleep.
About 12 of the new benches already surround Berri-UQAM station, with 162 planned to be set up all around Ville-Marie in the next few weeks, according to Radio-Canada.
The design for the armrest-benches was made way back in 2008, but only got the go-ahead by Denis Coderre in December. Cost was a major factor for the delay, as each bench rings in at around $1500-$2000.
There are quite a few positives about these new benches as well, they do not burn or rot and have a lifespan of 50 to 100 years if not abused too much.
Montreal's new benches look great for multiple people, but the design also seems like a clever way for people not to lie down and sleep there, namely the homeless population of the city. Foreseeing the criticism, the City of Montreal refutes any claim that the benches were made to inhibit those who use them to sleep.
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