In 1926, the city of Montreal made a request of the city of Verdun related to the latter city’s geography.
Verdun politely declined, and turned around and suggested the city of Montreal do the same.
What was it?
UPDATE: William Moss got it right on the first shot: Montreal wanted Verdun to rename Church St., because there was already a Church St. in Montreal and they were worried about confusion. Verdun said its Church St. was bigger than Montreal’s and suggested the bigger city change the name of its smaller street if it cared so much.
Of course, Church St. in Verdun is now called de l’Église.
But, for an extra point, what became of Church St. in Montreal?
Montreal’s Church St. was renamed shortly after Verdun’s response. The downtown street, which runs only from Sherbrooke to Ontario, was renamed in 1927 after John Wodehouse, count of Kimberley, on the 25th anniversary of his death.
Though it is now part of UQAM’s downtown campus and closed to traffic, Rue Kimberley still exists.
Montreal wanted Verdun to rename Church Street. Verdun turned around and said Montreal should change instead.
Montreal had asked Verdun to rename their Church Ave., to which Verdun replied “Up yours, Montreal. Rename your own friggin’ Church Ave!”.
Umlaut me, baby!
Dammit, I’m too late! Maybe Bill and I could get one dot each?
Between google new Archives and WikiQuote, trvia contests are becoming more a test of Google-ability than actual knowledge or memory. But one neat thing about Google News Archives searches is the collateral finds — for example, see the article two colums over from the Verdun/Chirch street Isuse — this summary of your bosses’ predecessor’s speech on “modern” Journalism: http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=2totAAAAIBAJ&sjid=-YsFAAAAIBAJ&pg=6555%2C3525103
There are interesting quotes, such as about the one about “the unspeakable horrors and frightful monstrosities” that are Sunday colour comics, for example.
I’m guessing Montreal’s Church Street got swallowed up by UQAM and became a pedestrian pathway?
I dpubt it, since an ad in the Gazette in the 50’s (http://news.google.ca/newspapers?id=LzErAAAAIBAJ&sjid=bJkFAAAAIBAJ&pg=4832,4319961&dq=church-st-montreal&hl=en) refers to a 1535 Church St in the St Henri riding. I thoungh that would put it near Guy somewhere, but I haven’t been able to find it in any map archives yet.
No need for archives, that address still exists. It’s a continuation of Verdun’s Church in Ville Émard.
Beaconsfield still has a Church Street, too. Aren’t we spoiled!
How about Pointe-Claire’s Old Church avenue???
(But is it the avenue or the church that is old???)
In Ville St. Laurent, there was a Church Street in the 1950s and 1960s when I was growing up. However, it has since been renamed de l’Eglise.