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Large urban projects and communities

How can we measure the impacts of large urban projects on vulnerable populations?

Systematic and assiduous monitoring of impacts is essential to document the physical transformation of the territory and to better understand the social evolution of the environment. Currently, the impacts of large urban projects are not always documented, due to a lack of real-time and / or cross-sectional data. Although the City of Montreal wishes to become sovereign of the data relevant to the planning of its services in its territory, it also wishes to ensure a certain digital sobriety and only collect data for a specific purpose. As the requalification of large urban sectors can have major repercussions on the surrounding areas and significant consequences for certain more vulnerable populations (i.e. gentrification), obtaining targeted data becomes all the more relevant. 

Bridging the Gaps

Assessing Vulnerability and Mobility in Montreal’s Bridge-Bonaventure Sector

This project serves to analyze not only the available data that the City and other agencies put out to evaluate current transportation systems but also to use that data to perform an impact analysis of posited interventions to improve access to mobility in the Bridge-Bonaventure sector.

The team developed an empirical analysis of mobility and accessibility within the context of vulnerability for the Bridge-Bonaventure site. This analysis provides valuable insight into the mobility-related impacts of this site, particularly on vulnerable people, while contributing to the area's future mobility plans and goals.


Students (fall 2020)

  • Aaron Bensmihen
  • Ben Azoulay
  • Issac Choueke
  • Melissa Bell
  • Mirja Reid
  • Sahithiya Kannathasan


  • Ville de Montréal (Service de l'urbanisme et de la mobilité)
  • Annie Laurin


  • URBS480, Impact Assessment (Geography, Planning & Environment)
  • Alexandra Lesnikowski (Professor)
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