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All pictures: Mario Faubert / airphotomax
 
Great photos, the second and ninth shots almost looks like L.A.
 
Canada's Detroit...Only beautiful with the mother nature's gift (river and mountain on the grand prairie) and the legacy of being the largest city of Canada until 1970s~80s...

With their glorious French preservation law (the kill-freedoms-and-rights-of-all-others-including-English-speakers-and-let-them-kneel-before-the-French,-the-only-righteous-language-for-the-land law), it is only the matter of time that Montreal becomes Winnipeg on St. Lawrence...

In other words, by 2100 while 30mil more new Canadians and 200 mil more Americans from the world willingly went through the process of learning the North American communication language (namely English) to smoothly and happily understand and "communicate" one another and live in peace (btw this does not mean being assimilated into the "British" culture), some 6 mil French living in Quebec with their delusion, resentment towards a wrong object, and even distortion for their rationale/excuse to be forced to be make sense, might forever be isolate themselves as they wished...

I should say thanks for sharing the photos... of Montreal in 2012, which will look almost identical to Montreal in 2022...and 2032...unless the Bill 101 is repealed. If you don't have any idea what this law about, visit some of these websites and see struggles of English speakers in Quebec for their rights, freedoms, and hopes for their beloved city of Montreal. http://oqla.org http://critiq.ca/en/
 
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Montreal is a metropolitan city which can't be described as a "relatively small city". What I find also gives it a big city feel is entire neighbourhoods of walkup apartments even along side streets--not detached houses. You can find such neighbourhoods relatively far from downtown.
 
Lol. Clearly you haven't spent much time in either city because that's about as far off the mark as is possible.

Detroit is America's "Shrinking City". People, especially the white people who had the most money, abandoned it. Over 80% of the population is black in 2012 and the crime rate is one of the highest in all of the gun-crime country, United States. Population, economy, everything is going down there. For example, GM got rid of huge deal of factories there and moved them out of the city to somewhere else. Environmentally, that's all good for Toronto cuz less pollution generated from smaller Detroit and its area will flow into GTA on the Westerlies.

Montreal is Canada's abandoned city. The French took over(?) it in the 1970s to avenge all who spoke English language, and the stupidity of discrimination against English speakers went on for decades and Quebec, where Montreal belongs, still is an officially French Only province. Great deal of money and people moved out of once the largest city in Canada including most of the major banking institutions' headquarters. As the province elected Parti Quebecois, a separatist provincial party again in 2012, the trend continues. (But they won't achieve the party's ultimate goal of separation from Canada since 1970s, which will then lead them into utter destruction into nothingness either through an economic war or a physical civil war.) By the way, Canadian central government isn't like most others in the world including France (on Bretons), China (on Tibet and Uyghur), US (on most territories they conquered) and Japan(on Okinawa). It allowed the peace and freedom (even if it meant against the majority of the country's will, stability, and unity) so long as there is a democratic agreement in the "province". Quebecers should thank Canada for the generosity if any, and should not pursue one step further which will make even the angelic(?) Canada mad and put everything upside down.

Well, another interesting fact is that something like 80% of Asian immigrants and 50% black(mostly and strategically brought from Francophone countries) immigrants move out of the city and the province in about 5~10 years. They are not as foolish as Parti Quebecois might want them to be, nor hateful against rather a great country (as a whole) called Canada whether francophone or anglophone. Only the poor victim of Montreal is stagnating, if not shrinking economically. What we see in Montreal, still beautifully planned and monumental, only shows how great and mighty the city Montreal once was for so long until about 40 years ago. One can only imagine what it would have become, if Montreal became/ continued to be officially bilingual, equal to both French and English of the island and the greater area in the rich lowland prairie, instead of bashing the damn English bastards(an expression used by Rene Levesque, Founder of Parti Quebecois) in 1970s. It might have been a match for New York by now.
 
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I don't know if what Montreal had was sustainable. It was a French-English city in a province that's mostly French. The English minority dominated the economy and controlled a lot of the wealth, including the banks. How long was that going to go on for? The Quiet Revolution was an equalizing movement, though one that may have gone too far in imposing French on everyone. Toronto is the place for English Canadians to thrive at home operating in their own language. Toronto is now diverse, tolerant and vibrant enough to offer opportunities to people and cultures from across Canada and the world. There's one language here, and it doesn't matter if you're French or English Canadian. You can do whatever you want, including running a French Canadian restaurant with just a French Canadian name written in whatever size you want on the sign in front of your storefront. You can put just a French menu. You can be proud of whoever you are and express it anywhere. This city is the rightful national metropolis of Canada, where both English and French Canadian culture blossom.
 
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Another good set of pics. This one is interesting mainly because many pics show the city north of Mount Royal (the south being downtown).

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All pics by djipibi (Jean-Pierre Bonin) on Flickr
 
Montreal has a great urban canopy. Like Toronto, vast low-rise sections of the city almost look like forests from above in the summer.
 
MM: I have one word to describe these aerial pictures of Montreal: EXCELLENT! I love this stuff...
(with apologies to Bill and Ted - Keanu Reeves - remember movies like "Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure"?)

LI MIKE
 

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