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Montreal 1976-2016 in Pictures

As a follow-up to my last post about Montreal, I wanted to share a bunch of pictures I took of Olympic Park and the exhibits I visited this month.

The park itself is a really cool place today. In looking at pictures of the original open field that had a couple of smaller venues and what it has become in the Olympic Park, I think Montreal has developed a really interesting, vibrant area of land that generates a good amount of traffic. Even though the stadium is a massive boondoggle, the rest of the park is worth exploring–there’s an urban garden, some tennis courts, and a funky outdoor café among other things.  It seems like the city is really trying to keep it in good shape and find ways for people to use it. In fact, the World Skateboarding Federation announced this past July that a new skatepark is in the works for Olympic Park.

This concept of ultra-expensive Olympics contrasted with the legacy the Games leave behind is something I want to continue exploring in this blog. Look for more posts on Olympic cities and the impact of the Games on them in the future.

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Field Trip: Celebrating Montreal 1976’s 40th Anniversary

I was in Montreal a few weeks ago and managed to catch the three exhibits around Montreal’s 40th anniversary of hosting the Olympic Games that are on until the end of September. It’s fascinating to look at how this event truly put the city into a financial crisis–and, one can argue that future cities have never learned, and that no one has challenged the IOC to say, Hey, we know you have a lot of money and want this whole “Olympic standard” atmosphere, but the Olympics ain’t immune to financial difficulties either, so we’re going to cut back a little bit.

To which the IOC generally says, No problem, we completely understand you. Here’s another five sports you need venues for. You can come up with something that’s more world-class than what you have today, right?

But I digress. Montreal’s celebrating its hosting at three museums that are all within proximity of each other:

  1. Souvenirs from 1976 – at Olympic Stadium (Parc Olympique Metro) (stadium tour included; going up in the tower is extra) Here you can walk through each day of the Olympic Games and learn about some of the big events of that day. Thre’s a bit about the building of the stadium as well to prepare you for your tour.
  2. The Builders Behind the Montreal Olympic Games, Exceptional Men and Women – at Maison de la culture Maisonneuve (4200 Ontario Street East) Here you’ll learn how the Olympics could be broken down into 140 different projects (some really quite massive), and how they all came together.
  3. The Olympic Park, Architecture Worth Celebrating – at Musée Dufresne-Nincheri (4040 Sherbrooke Street East) This exhibit is all about the building of the Olympic Stadium and really makes you wonder how anyone ever thought this building was a good idea (thought: blame the 1970s). This exhibit is actually on until January 8, 2017, so you do have a little more time to check it out.

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