Montréal-Sud

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Montreal-South (French: Montréal-Sud) was a suburb of Montréal located on the south shore of the St. Lawrence River founded in 1906.[1] Montréal-Sud was created from land of the Saint-Antoine-de-Longueuil parish. Originally a village in its first five years, Montréal-Sud gained the status of city in 1911.

Rue Sainte-Hélène in the former city

Early in its existence, its population was split between French-speaking Roman Catholics and English-speaking Protestants. This changed by the middle of the century, as the Francophones became the overwhelming majority.[2][1]

The approximate territorial limits of the city were La Fayette Boulevard in the west, Bertrand Street in the south, Joliette Street in the east and St. Lawrence River in the north.[1]

Like neighbouring Longueuil, Montréal-Sud was an enclave of the parish Saint-Antoine-de-Longueuil (later known as Ville Jacques-Cartier).

Merger with Longueuil and aftermath[edit]

Place Charles-Le Moyne skyline.

On January 28, 1961, the city of Montréal-Sud merged with the city of Longueuil, keeping the latter's name.[1] After Montréal-Sud was dissolved, its former territory underwent a major urban renewal that began in the mid-1960s.

Place Charles-Le Moyne[edit]

Place Charles-Le Moyne, Longueuil's primary transit hub and business center, is in the former territory of Montréal-Sud.

It is the location of the Longueuil bus terminus and Longueuil-Université-de-Sherbrooke metro station (the terminus of the Metro's Yellow line). Most of Longueuil's high-rise residential and office buildings are located in this area, including 99 Place Charles-Le Moyne, which is 30 stories tall, and is the tallest building in Greater Montreal off the Island of Montreal.[3]

There is also a hotel on de Sérigny street. Since 1972, the hotel has carried the banners Holiday Inn, Ramada, Radisson and now Sandman. Although it is currently in the hands of the Sandman Inn Group, it had been a Holiday Inn hotel for most of its existence.

Université de Sherbrooke constructed a campus in the area, including a 17-story and a 12-story tower.[4]

Place Charles-Le Moyne is surrounded by major highways, Autoroute 20/Route 132 near the river in the north, the entrance ramp of Jacques-Cartier Bridge to the west, and Taschereau Boulevard to the south and east.

The Ville de Longueuil announced in 2017 that it is seeking $3 billion to invest in the area. The plan, called "Longueuil 2035,"[5] would re-brand the area around Place Charles-Le Moyne as "Downtown Longueuil" and position it as an accessible alternative to downtown Montreal. The plan includes multiple new residential and office buildings, creating direct access to the nearby Saint Lawrence River for recreational use, and improved cycling and pedestrian access.

Place Longueuil[edit]

Also located within the former municipal boundaries of Montréal-Sud is Place Longueuil, a shopping centre located 500 metres north-east of Place Charles-Le Moyne.

Place Longueuil was the first shopping mall in Longueuil and is now the largest mall within city limits of Old Longueuil. Place Longueuil lies between Place Charles-Le Moyne and rue St-Charles, the commercial street in Old Longueuil and many locals consider the mall as part of this neighborhood.

Mayors[edit]

Mayors of Montréal Sud
Mayor Term Began Term Ended
John Smillie 1906 1910
Napoléon Labonté 1910 1912
John Smillie 1912 1916
Edmond Hardy 1916 1924
David McQuaid 1924 1932
Henry Hamer 1932 1936
Clément Patenaude 1936 1938
Harry T. Palmer (resigned) 1938 1939
James Brindley (resigned) 1939 1942
Robert Gault Keers 1942 1948
Édouard Richer 1948 1950
Aimé Lefebvre 1950 1952
Marcel Salette 1952 1958
Sylva Charland 1958 1961

Population[edit]

Montréal-Sud merged with Longueuil on January 28, 1961.

Historical populations
Year Pop. ±%
1911 790 —    
1921 1,030 +30.4%
1931 1,164 +13.0%
1941 1,441 +23.8%
1951 4,214 +192.4%
1958 5,494 +30.4%
[6]

Location (1960)[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Société historique et culturelle du Marigot Nouvelles villes
  2. ^ Erskine-Henry, Kevin. "Remembering the Town of Montreal South". Montreal Mosaic WebMagazine. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  3. ^ "99 Place Charles-Le Moyne". Longueuil. Emporis. Retrieved 2008-12-29. 
  4. ^ "L'Université de Sherbrooke investit à Longueuil". Radio-Canada. May 9, 2005. Retrieved 2008-12-29. 
  5. ^ "Longueuil seeks $3B in downtown investment". Longueuil. Retrieved 2017-08-29. 
  6. ^ Pratt, Michel. "De la balkanisation des villes à leur fusion". Société historique et culturelle du Marigot. Retrieved 24 October 2013. 

Coordinates: 45°31′31″N 73°30′54″W / 45.52528°N 73.51500°W / 45.52528; -73.51500