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Around the Mountain

SYNOPSIS

Montrealers have close ties to Mount Royal, and the mountain has even given its name to the city.    Montreal is built around the mountain.  The city’s two major bourgeoisie groups settle on either side of it:  to the west, Westmount, and to the east, Outremont.  These groups will oppose each other, but also help each other out, creating a particular decisive duality in the political and financial life of the city.

Montrealers have close ties to Mount Royal, and the mountain has even given its name to the city.    Montreal is built around the mountain.  The city’s two major bourgeoisie groups settle on either side of it:  to the west, Westmount, and to the east, Outremont.  These groups will oppose each other, but also help each other out, creating a particular decisive duality in the political and financial life of the city.

The old neighbourhood now known as the Golden Square Mile can be found right next to the Mountain.  This square mile hosts some of the richest and most influential families of Canada, particularly in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  Among them is John Wilson McConnell, the owner of the Montreal Daily Star.  A philanthropist, he gives most notably to McGill University, and he also supports the construction of Place des Arts.  On the Francophone side, architect Ernest Cormier also settles on Pine Avenue, and participates in defining the cityscape of Montreal with his Art Deco style buildings.

Mount Royal Park, however, is not designed by a Montrealer, but by an American.  Frederick Law Olmstead, creator of Central Park in New York, wishes to respect the natural setting of the mountain, and imagines a calm-inducing park at the heart of an industrial city.  Since its creation in 1876, Mount-Royal park has continued to inspire sentiments of pride and belonging in all citizens.