Mackay Street

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Mackay Street
Rue Mackay
Mackay Street.jpg
Mackay Street, between De Maisonneuve Boulevard and Sherbrooke Street
Location Between Sherbrooke Street and Overdale Avenue
Coordinates 45°29′45″N 73°34′38″W / 45.495947°N 73.577211°W / 45.495947; -73.577211

Mackay Street (French: Rue Mackay) is a street located in downtown Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Mackay Street is a one-way street, that begins at Sherbrooke Street West, travels southbound and ends at Overdale Avenue, just south of René Lévesque Boulevard.

Mackay Street is named for Dr. Holland Mackay (1884–1947), head neurologist at Montreal's Royal Victoria Hospital. He immigrated to Canada from Scotland in 1886, and died in Montreal.[1]

The street is located in the heart of Concordia University's downtown Sir George Williams Campus, otherwise known as the Quartier Concordia.

In April 2009, Concordia University issued a press release calling for proposals on a project that would see part of Mackay street between Sherbrooke and De Maisonneuve Boulevard turned into a green space for use by students during the summer.[2] The proposal angered local area merchants and residents, who formed a petition to halt the project. They cited the loss of 45 parking spaces, and the potential for student partying in the street.[3] The project has been put on hold, according to the university.[4]

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  1. ^ "Rue Mackay". Les rues de Montréal : répertoire historique, 1995. (in French). Commission de toponymie du Québec. 2009-12-11. Retrieved 26 February 2010. 
  2. ^ Morey, Elizabeth (2009-04-15). "The Greening of Mackay – Call for Project Proposals". News and Events (Concordia University). Retrieved 2009-04-25. 
  3. ^ RAVENSBERGEN, JAN (2009-04-24). "Mackay St. merchants fight back against Concordia's summer 'greening' plan". The Gazette (Montreal). Retrieved 2009-04-25. [dead link]
  4. ^ "University puts greening of Mackay on hold". News and Events. Concordia University. Retrieved 2009-05-02.