But actually Montreal ARE YOU OKAY?
The contest to determine the best idea cost $170,000, and Kanva will get $800,000 for its concept. [Cool contest budget, where’d it come from? Also, actual image from the judging.]
The inflatable structures, and the cost to move them, is estimated at $2.8 million – for a total cost of $3.8 million. [Cute estimate.]
City officials say the inflatables will be used to cover Ste. Catherine St. – which will be off limits to vehicles– starting in late 2017. [Cars will have to take the streets that are open to traffic like… we’ll get back to you.]
The last estimate, in 2015, called for construction to finish by 2019 and cost $95 million as decrepit sewers and water mains are replaced, and other problems under the commercial artery are repaired. [Merely prioties.]
Montreal wants to embed tubes with liquid anti-freeze below the sidewalks, which will be heated electrically. [We can’t push some gravel in a hole but anti-freeze, yes, pourquoi pas? Why not put some anti-freeze dans le vin while you’re at it?]
Montreal is examining the possibility of having crews work 24 hours per day, 7 days a week on the project. [Construction holiday still on..?]
But really just go read it all and just remind yourself today is the Autumn Equinox and not, in fact, April 1, and also welcome our new city mascot. #staypuft