I thought I had a great idea
but because I am STILL waiting for an authorization...
(that'll teach me...)
I can't use this perfect idea where you would have seen:
the church of my teens...
a geologic catastrophe
and a fool fit to be tied,
all having a common denominator...
So I literally had to pull something out of my ass,
(something I don't appreciate...),
for this week's Sepia Saturday at the very last minute.
I even ate a[n awful] frozen dinner not to waste any time!!!
So I started thinking about caves,
holes in the ground.
Golf courses with a hole-in-one?!?
Seedy places with a "hole-in-the-wall"?...
Since I was pulling this out of my ass,
why not stretch it to the max,
and give you:
This place is well known to Montrealers:
the Miron Quarry.
This district had been exploited as a quarry for decades under various names,
and since the 1920s,
many mergers were involved here,
but in 1947,
the Miron brothers bought their first site
and by the mid 19450s,
kept on adding to it,
to become one of the major players in this industry.
This factory provided much needed material for the building of Montreal.
Many landmarks have been built with material coming from there,
such as the Place Ville Marie,
which I've previously shown you here,
and the St Lawrence Seaway,
and also the Central Station here.
Imagine the noise of all of these trucks going by,
the dynamite blasts necessary to extract the limestone,
then turned into sand, crushed stones, asphalt, cement,
and concrete pipes and blocks as well;
the dust and also whatever came out of those smokestacks...
I pity the neighbors,
and this wasn't the worse they would see.
But I've read that there was a certain pride to work there
because people realized they were helping the city become what it was back then,
a shining metropole.
We are no longer the country's metropole,
but we still have our pride.
You can see the Metropolitan highway running to its south,
on the left.
In my youth,
I'd often pass by and notice those smokestacks.
The company closed in 1986 and these were pull down in 1988,
You would think the neighbors would get a respite.
The place was redeemed as a landfill for domestic garbage.
It started in 1966 until it was acquired by the city in 1988
who continued until 2000,
when garbage was directed towards other landfills.
Imagine the mess!!!
The unsightly view,
the noise from the [500-1000 daily] trucks and the million of birds...
Definitely not a plus in the real estate business.
And those biogas emanating from such places have always been a concern for the population.
And over the years,
while there is a recycling center on site,
there is now also La Tohu who has an establishment there for circus acts,
and community services and a park.
Old remnants can still be seen from the old industry,
a reminder of the district's past.
I didn't live in that neighborhood,
but I remember the 1972 strike by city workers
and the garbage was not colected,
piling up high in the parks.
My friends and I couldn't play at the park because of the stench,
and the rats!!!
What a mess!!
I've always had esteem for those who did this job.
Mentalities sure have changed about garbage management since I was a kid...
you just threw everything in the garbage cans
and it was collected twice weekly.
Careful what you throw away...
The symbol above is now familiar
but originated from the 1970s by environmentalists
while recycling was at its lowest.
regulations have been established for the recycling of paper and cardboard,
plastic and metals,
among other things.
Techniques have also improved
and repurposing those new materials has wider possibilities.
It is now normal to see products made out of those recycled materials,
and we don't think any less of them.
It only makes sense to recycle.
back in the late '80s,
when I moved in my first appartment downtown,
not my first appartment,
but first time downtown,
only a few things were recyled
and I had to drop them in one of those huge [weird] container a few streets away.
What a chore but I did it!!
Then trucks started to collect our recycling but we had to divide everything into 3 categories:
I just dump everything in a large container
and it gets sorted out at the recycling center.
I am pleased to do my little part.
shopping wisely to avoid overpackaging and bringing your own shopping bags
diminishes our overuse of plastics.
We should all do our part!!
I met my deadline with only  minutes to spare!!!
Sorry if I had to drag you through dust and garbage.
I found myself in a hole and barely managed to dig myself out of there,
in the nick of time.
I promise to be ready for next week!!
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