At the corner of De La Gauchetière
|Length||2.1 km (1.3 mi)|
|Location||Between Pine Avenue and Notre-Dame Street|
|Inauguration||November 30, 1842|
McGill University has many of its buildings on the street. There are also several notable buildings located on the southern portion of the street, including Place Ville Marie, Place Bonaventure, Telus Tower and the world headquarters of the ICAO.
The major part of this street, linking René Lévesque Boulevard and Sherbrooke Street, was ceded by the descendants of Sir Thomas Phillips, a merchant, and an entrepreneur in construction, who became a city councillor in the 1840s. At the time, University ended at Sherbrooke Street, where a little path continued to McGill University, the institution from which the street got its name.
Planned name change
On August 27, 2014, Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre announced the majority of University Street that runs through downtown Montreal will be renamed to Robert-Bourassa Boulevard, after the former premier of Quebec. The affected portion of the street will stretch from Notre Dame—where the road begins, through to Sherbrooke Street. Only the small section of road between McGill University and (the soon to be closed) Royal Victoria Hospital will retain the original University Street name.
The same street name change plan honoring Bourassa had been proposed for Park Avenue in 2006, however was met fierce opposition from merchants and citizens, and eventually dropped, preserving the historic street name.
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