In a scene representative of the mess in the city center, an orange cone cast in the asphalt, and now snow, welcomes visitors in front of one of the most prestigious hotels in Montreal.
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” I imagine the tourists who arrive in Montreal seeing that, and I find that a bit unacceptable. It’s not good for the image of downtown or for the Ritz-Carlton,” laments Serge Sasseville, local councilor for the Peter-McGill district.
The latter published on Twitter on Friday an image of this “extremely ugly” cone planted on a sidewalk on Sherbrooke Street, which could illustrate their omnipresence in Montreal.
An orange cone over which bitumen has been freshly laid on the sidewalk in front of the @RitzCa rlton from Montreal in the Peter-McGill district of @CentrevilleMTL Although I am their City Councilor and being asked when he will be removed, I cannot answer them pic.twitter.com/dLOYqOLW17
— J.Serge Sasseville (he/him-he/him) (@SergeSasseville) January 20 , 2023
Three other large cones and a white and orange barrier surround it. Questioned by the Journal, the City justified the use of this setup in
while waiting for the installation of a new lamp post.
The cone is thus used to protect the base of the lamp post already installed underground, “for lack of more adequate materials currently on order”, writes the publicist Camille Bégin.