Montreal as a new home for the United Nations?

It was revealed in the French Canadian newspaper La Presse that the Canadian government has informally proposed to the United Nations that they move their headquarters to the Montreal Old Port. The new site would essentially occupy a cluster of artificial islands between the downtown core and Habitat 67.

Detailed architectural plans have already been developed as shown in these images. These new installations would cost almost the same as the proposed $1.9 billion renovation of the Manhattan complex. They would also expect to save $790 millions per year in maintenance and the 65 acres site would be much bigger than the 7 acres currently occupied in Manhattan and would thus provide space for many of the UN-associated NGOs that are scattered all over the New York City area.

Finally, there is the additional advantage of improved security since the access to this new UN-city would be much easier to control.

The political consequence of such a move have not been covered in the article. I think that it is safe to assume that they would be quite significant.

6 Comments so far

  1. Laiya (unregistered) on October 20th, 2007 @ 4:21 pm

    Wow. That is great news for Montreal if it really happens. Would not be a bad idea as the Montreal Protocol is based here and currently, UN offices are scattered around the city. However, General Assembly meetings would mean major traffic tie-ups. I was in NYC during the last meeting and everyone knows to avoid that part of town.

  2. Marla Comm (unregistered) on October 20th, 2007 @ 9:01 pm

    Given our string of architectural fiascoes and rotting infrastructure, I have to consider them brave to even think or moving here. They should hope the buildings don’t collapse while thy’re inside them and consider themselves lucky if those buildings don’t come tumbling down before they’re even finished.

  3. U.N.slaked (unregistered) on October 21st, 2007 @ 12:00 pm

    Egads! House the United Nations? This city can barely house its own citizens in a sound manner, structurally speaking.

    And given Quebec’s, er… how can I put this …”lagging behind” in embracing honestly cosmopolitan and unifying attitudes towards differing cultures – it would be hypocritical, on a symbolic level at least, to do so.

  4. Long N. (unregistered) on October 22nd, 2007 @ 10:57 am

    This is very cool. I’m all for that. It’s a great move and the only that would stop this would be political reasons which, like you say, are quite significant.

  5. Frank (unregistered) on October 22nd, 2007 @ 2:31 pm

    Wow !! At least it seems it really exists out there someone who’s still capabable of dreaming and thinking of going ahead, while around all the self-centered nobodies are still lying on the floor crying out how they are so-so-miserable, so-so-poor, that we’re so-so-behind, that we should be left there to so-so-die as myrtyrs of this so-so-unfair world.

  6. Frank (unregistered) on October 22nd, 2007 @ 2:36 pm

    Not convinced ? Just re-read the above comments.

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