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The west-end edition of The Chronicle ran a story about the falaise last week, by Martin C. Barry.

A Montreal environmental group fears that the Falaise St. Jacques — which is a densely-wooded linear green space hanging down a cliff on the south side of St. Jacques Street in NDG — could be endangered when a plan to restructure the Turcot Interchange is implemented a few years from now.

According to a brief submitted by the Green Coalition to a recent hearing of the Montreal Agglomeration’s transportation and infrastructure commission, Transport Quebec has proposed placing the Ville Marie Expressway and Canadian National’s rail line up next to the little-known Falaise.

“Presently this green area is almost inaccessible and is bombarded by the din of turbulent automotive traffic 24/7,” stated the coalition’s members. “If Highway 20 and the CNR are moved even closer, how do we square transportation policy with the public’s right to access a natural space?”

“There is no clear policy regarding the Falaise and the surrounding area,” says Avrom Shtern, a coalition member. “On the one hand, you have Transport Quebec announcing the highways and the railways being moved up close to it, and on the other hand you have Montreal announcing last year or the year before that this is a jewel that has to be protected and integrated.”

The article – click here to read the whole thing – also includes interesting comments by NDG-CDN borough mayor Michael Applebaum (who thinks the falaise would be unsafe for public use) and former local city councillor Sam Boskey (who thinks it is safe for public use).

The Sud-Ouest borough (which takes in most of the falaise) also likes the idea of turning the falaise into a park (see its 2004 proposal here).

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