The Great Wall of Montreal

“A fifty-year-old fence built of chain links and steel posts separates the Town of Mount Royal, one of Montreal’s most affluent neighbourhoods, from Parc-Extension, one of the poorest. The l’Acadie fence stretches for 1.6 kilometres in the middle of the city, along the west side of boulevard de l’Acadie from rue Jean-Talon to the Rockland shopping centre. The barrier has been referred to as ‘apartheid fencing’ and ‘Montreal’s Berlin Wall,’ but in spite of the hyperbole the fence is almost invisible.”

Marcello Di Cintio – Geist – Fall 2011

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