Montreal is poised to once again reclaim its role as one of Canada's premier centers of industry, business, and culture. However, competition from nearby cities in Canada and the United States, and a checkered political past are preventing Montreal from transcending from regional hub into international metropolis. Thus, Montreal should consider three strategies to fully realize its potential as a world class city: create a modified urban growth boundary to define the limits of development both in the city and its surroundings, continue investing in its successful "urban village" program that enhances the public realm, and implement a social policy that celebrates francophone culture without alienating non-francophone residents.
This issue was explored in an article written for Panorama, the student research journal of the Department of City Planning at the University of Pennsylvania, and was published in April 2012. A copy of the full article can be downloaded below.