University Street

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University Street
Montreal University tango7174.jpg
At the corner of De La Gauchetière
looking southward.
Length 2.1 km (1.3 mi)
Location Between Pine Avenue and Notre-Dame Street
Coordinates 45°30′13″N 73°34′14″W / 45.503518°N 73.570496°W / 45.503518; -73.570496
Construction
Inauguration November 30, 1842

University Street is a major north-south street located in downtown Montreal, Quebec, Canada. It links Pine Avenue in the north and Notre-Dame Street in the south.

The street runs from the foot of Quebec Autoroute 10 to the slopes of Mount Royal, where it ends at the Royal Victoria Hospital and the Montreal Neurological Institute.

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.

At its southern end, the street forms the western boundary of the Quartier international de Montréal, with a colonnade of pillars encasing a stylized representation of the flags of the world.[1]

History[edit]

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.

Name change[edit]

On August 27, 2014, Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre announced the majority of University Street that runs through downtown Montreal would be renamed Robert-Bourassa Boulevard, after the former premier of Quebec. This portion of the street stretches from Notre Dame through to Sherbrooke Street. Only a small section of the street, between McGill University and the Royal Victoria Hospital, retained its name. The official name change took effect on March 15, 2015.

Controversy[edit]

This change has not been without controversy. Some Anglophone officials have raised complaints that the change does not reflect the importance of McGill University in the development of that area of the city and that language politics endemic to Quebec are at play. [2]

McGill University gates (Milton gates) on University Street.

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Coordinates: 45°30′13″N 73°34′14″W / 45.503518°N 73.570496°W / 45.503518; -73.570496