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The Curious Politics of a Montreal Mega-Mall

The car-dependent suburb it’ll be built in wants to greenlight Royalmount against the city government’s wishes but it needs them to pay for the public infrastructure.
With at least CDN $5 billion on the line, the project has sparked fierce debate at Montreal City Hall, with one councillor calling TMR “greedy and selfish.” However, even a formal rejection from an agglomeration committee studying Royalmount may not be enough to stop it.
With at least CDN $5 billion on the line, the project has sparked fierce debate at Montreal City Hall, with one councillor calling TMR “greedy and selfish.” However, even a formal rejection from an agglomeration committee studying Royalmount may not be enough to stop it.Carbonleo

A plan to transform an industrial pocket of Montreal into a $5-billion luxury mega-mall and housing complex is exposing cracks in the city’s planning process.

The land in question belongs to Town of Mount Royal (TMR), an affluent 20,000-person community on the island of Montreal, about six miles from the heart of the city.