Community life downtown Montreal
By Sergio Martinez – mtltimes.ca
Unlike some neighbourhoods where their own configuration favours interaction among residents, the downtown areas in most cities tend to lack what we can call a community life: residents who live alone, young couples who are there just temporarily, students who attend nearby universities and colleges, make a demographic component which may not be much interested in doing anything together with their neighbours. Well, that perception of life downtown is being changed in our city thanks to various initiatives taken by the Peter McGill Community Council and other local organizations situated in the central and western part of the downtown area. The council’s name is also the name of the district that covers the west end of Montreal’s Ville Marie borough.
Among those initiatives designed to make residents socialize while at the same time giving them some information about local services, are two that have already taken place. This past July 17 an Outdoor Get-Together was held on the grounds of the St. James the Apostle Church on Ste. Catherine St., an occasion on which people listened to live music, enjoyed a summer buffet, participated in interactive games and got in touch with the various organizations of the area. On July 19 it was the turn for the Youth Action Committee to occupy the garden in front of the church for their annual barbecue which gathered together a number of young people living or studying in the area.
The next activity planned for the area will take place on Saturday, August 2, starting at 1 p.m. also on the grounds of the St. James the Apostle Church (1439 Ste. Catherine, between MacKay and Bishop Streets) on this occasion it will be a Community Potluck. The principle is simple, say the organizers: “everyone is welcome and is asked to bring a little something to eat and/or drink, along with a big smile!”
These activities have part of a program called “Neighbourhood on the Move” initiated by Innovation Youth, with the support of the Ville Marie borough, and co-organized with Éco-quartier Peter McGill, the Montreal’s Children Library, Fun in the Sun (a program of the Children’s Library), and the Peter McGill Community Council.
And once the summer is over, the Community Council has planned a Citizen Forum which will be held on October 30, open to all downtown neighbours interested in discussing local issues.
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