The Milton-Park Affair


Throughout the 1960s and 70s, residents of Montreal's Milton Park neighbourhood resisted the plans of Concordia Estates, a developer looking to tear down historic greystone houses and replace them with high-rise condominiums. Due to the community's opposition, only one phase of the large-scale project was completed, and Milton Park's fight to protect the greystones turned it into North America's largest cooperative housing community as a result.

An informative history of this confrontation was written by Claire Helman, The Milton-Park Affair: Canada's Largest Citizen-Developer Confrontation.

In this video interview, Lucia Kowaluk and Dimitri Roussopoulos explain the history of the confrontation and its significance for citizens in municipalities everywhere.

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