Montreal: No Anti-Homeless Spikes And Heated Sidewalks


Montreal’s Mayor Denis Coderre won the hearts of many citizens last spring when he became enraged over the use of “anti-homeless” spikes by some downtown merchants. “I find it unacceptable because it sends the wrong message, as long as I’m here it will be totally unacceptable — we can’t have that kind of society.” said the Mayor.

I would suggest that while the city engineers are pondering a way to heat our sidewalks, they also consider a means by which to install the removed anti-homeless spikes at stop signs and traffic lights around the city in an effort to encourage motorists and cyclists to actually come to a full stop.

Now he’s taking his concern for the homeless one step further by having the city’s engineers look into the possibility of installing heated sidewalks on one of Montreal’s main downtown arteries. Clearly Hizzoner has his heart in the right place, as Montreal’s long winters can be brutal.

Not only would heated sidewalks provide a modicum of warmth for those without shelter, but they may also save the city a fortune in snow removal. The geothermally-heated sidewalks in downtown Reykjavik, Iceland have reduced the need for plowing.

I would suggest that while the city engineers are pondering a way to heat our sidewalks, they also consider a means by which to install the removed anti-homeless spikes at stop signs and traffic lights around the city in an effort to encourage motorists and cyclists to actually come to a full stop.

Sounds like a win-win situation to me.

 Holland Board of Public Works
Installation of heating tubes. Holland Board of Public Works
Me DCMontreal – Deegan Charles Stubbs – is a Montreal writer born and raised who likes to establish balance and juxtapositions; a bit of this and a bit of that, a dash of Yin and a soupçon of Yang, some Peaks and an occasional Frean and maybe a bit of a sting in the tail! Please follow DC on Twitter @DCMontreal and on Facebook, and add him on Google+
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