Wow, we’ve reached almost 40 comments in the Montreal+Brains convo– easily the hugest amount of comments I’ve ever gotten on one post. It’s actually kind of great to hear people so interested in the subject of developing community.
For those of you that aren’t from Montreal– I suspect we have here a certain culture of jealousy here. We have a big city, but it’s not as big as Toronto. We’re also French, but we’re not quite Paris. We never really get big media attention, aside from the big music boom from two years ago brought on by the Arcade Fire. Comparisons to other cities are almost second-nature here– well, at least to me, they are. Because yeah, I think we deserve better.
As Montrealers we saw a pretty huge amount of money disappear from under us during the Referendum of 1995; I think a lot of us feel like we should have been the financial capital of Canada by this time– who knows, we very well could have been. In the meantime, though, Patrick says it’s time we had our own Flickr, like Vancouver. In a way, I feel like our own laissez-faire attitude kind of bites us in the ass; most of us would rather go for a beer at the local 5 à 7 place than work overtime any day of the week.
Are we winning out in quality of life? I love my city the freedoms it allow me, but part of me wonders what price we’re paying. I’m watching other cities become havens for this kind of stuff and myself fear starting a Podcamp Montreal (like Chris showed interest in) because I worry about the lack of interest– “After all,” I find even myself thinking, “wouldn’t Toronto be a better decision?”
Perhaps I’ve doomed myself by not believing in Montreal from the start. Who knows. But I know for sure that I want this place to get noticed. I want to figure out how.