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St-Roch is a Quebec City area that was a few years ago in decline. In the last years, the actual mayor wanted St-Roch to be restored to its downtown status. Even if the St-Roch revitalization is not completed, a wind of change has attracted high-tech companies, boutiques, coffee shop and the like.

However, these highways on pillars create a sad dark area between the Old Port and St-Roch, psychologically separating a richer area from the poorer St-Roch. What is particularly strange with those highways is that two of them never have been completed and they end in a wall. They were supposed to join Quebec's upper town.

In order to improve the look, painting has been done on most pillars at a cost of nearly $40 000 a pillar: the result is convincing. Unfortunately, vandalism (street painting) can be seen on almost all paintings.

A new project called "Place de France" would remove the unused hightways (those in the middle) and other accesses around. This Place de France would be a gift from France to Quebec to commemorate the 400 years since Quebec settlement.

The picture is not quite good. It is very dark down there and I took the picture at noon. Maybe I should have waited later in the day to get a better background light. It was among my first pictures with new cam, so it has been taken in auto mode.

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