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Peter Black

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The city has created a garden and public square at one of the busiest corners of the Montcalm district, and named it in honour of one of the two victims of the Halloween 2020 stabbing attacks. Place Éphémère François-Duchesne, built on the corner of Avenue Cartier and Boulevard René-Lévesque, is the site of a former gas station that may eventually become a tramway station. A city employee stationed at an information kiosk said the square would be the scene of exhibitions mounted by the Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec, for which Duchesne worked in marketing and communications. Huge concrete blocks have been made into flower beds and a sandbox built for young children. Artists have painted a colourful design on the former gas station building. The square will also host musical performances during the summer.

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Photo by Jonathan Letellier-Black

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