Montreal Geography Trivia No. 38

A riddle this time:

I affect every other that crosses me, but not necessarily every one I touch. And I’m the only one in Montreal that does this. Or at least I was before the merger.

What am I? What do I do to others? And who is the other that’s (kinda) like me?

UPDATE: Three of you independently got the first two right: It’s St. Laurent Blvd., which splits the island between East and West. Any streets that cross it (actually, any streets that can be found on both sides, whether or not they actually cross) get East and West designations. Those that are only on one side (even if they intersect St. Laurent) don’t have them.

UPDATE (June 2): Michel K gets the last part right: Gouin Blvd. in Roxboro splits three streets – 3rd Ave., 4th Ave. and 5th Ave. – into North and South. (Two others, 1st Ave. and 2nd Ave., have North designations but no southern counterpart.)

Kate also notes Montreal West, which is split North-South by the tracks.

9 thoughts on “Montreal Geography Trivia No. 38

  1. Alanah

    The Main divides every street that crosses it into East and West. But does not affect streets that “touch it” abut on it but do not cross it…
    I’m not sure if there are any other streets that serve the function in the merged city though.

  2. Michel K

    Would this be Boulevard Saint-Laurent? When every other boulevard crosses it, it changes from Est to Ouest and vice versa (René-Levesque, De Maisonneuve, Crémazie, Gouin, Henri-Bourassa) but not necessarily every one you touch (ie. rue Bagg, rue Milton).

    I’ll have to get back to you on the other one that’s just like you.

  3. Kate M.

    I suspect the other one is Sherbrooke Street, which separates streets in Montreal West into North and South. I can’t think of any other street on the island that has this property.

    1. Fagstein Post author

      I forgot about Montreal West, though it seems like it’s the tracks, not Sherbrooke, that splits them.

      In any case, Montreal West isn’t part of the city anymore. Try again.

  4. slutsky

    Don’t all street numbers on East-West streets start at St-Laurent? So even the streets that don’t cross it—all that it touches—are affected by it, you could say.

  5. Michel K

    What about streets like 6e and 5e which are divided into north and south by Boulevard Gouin in the Pierrefonds-Roxboro area?

  6. Singlestar

    Centre Street in Point-Saint-Charles also does this: many north-south streets south of Centre have a 0 (zero) at the beginning of their adresses. As in 0123.


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