Interview Series #11 (@Montreal)：インタビュー＃１１ Marina Frangioni
Interviewee: Ms. Marina Frangioni Team Coordinator, Marketing & Promotion, Strategic and Tactical Task Force, City of Montreal （Date: August 29, 2007; Place: City of Montreal, 303 Notre-Dame East, 6th floor; Interviewer/Writer: Takahiro Miyao）
In response to the interviewer’s questions about various issues surrounding Montreal such as recent economic development, cultural policies, public transportation, social housing, relations with higher levels of government, etc., Mr. Frangioni explained the present condition of the city as well as the main pillars of the city’s plan, “Montreal 2025,” concerning the future of Montreal with respect to these issues. It seems that there is much for Japanese cities to learn from the experience and planning of the City of Montreal as explained below.
Summary of Ms. Frangioni’s Interview
First, regarding economic development, Montreal has recently been improving its economic performance and is expected to be one of the fastest growing cities east of the Prairies for 2007. This is mainly due to the success in developing and attracting “knowledge-based” creative industries on the part of the City of Montreal. We wish to continue this desirable economic trend and, therefore, have included our agenda to transform Montreal into a city of knowledge, creativity and innovation in our long-term planning, “Montreal 2025” (see the reference below), where special emphasis is placed on the promotion of growth sectors by creating centers for health science, biotechnology, film and TV industries, and various trade-related activities. Regarding cultural and artistic strategies, Montreal has already developed the “entertainment” district, which is a center for movies, theaters, gaming and other digital content industries. It is also emphasized in “Montreal 2025” that various boundaries between culture and technology should be broken down in order to make the city an avant-garde cultural metropolis. Montreal has also been making substantial progress in social policies and infrastructure investment in recent years such as provision of “social housing” for those who could not otherwise afford decent housing and improvements in public transportation in order to reduce reliance on private automobiles. Developing an efficient network of public transportation as well as wireless broadband communications connection is one of the important pillars of “Montreal 2025.” For the purpose of funding these social policies and infrastructure projects to improve the quality of city life without heavily depending on subsidies by higher levels of government, the City of Montreal is taking initiative in forming a national forum of major cities in Canada (see the reference below) to work together for strengthening the health of municipal finances and for improving the quality of life for city residents. Finally, the key to success in achieving all these objectives is open dialogue and close cooperation in the spirit of equal partnership with other municipalities as well as higher levels of government, and this is a real challenge facing the City of Montreal in the years to come. References: 1. Montreal’s Official Site: http://ville.montreal.qc.ca/ 2.“Montreal 2025": http://ville.montreal.qc.ca/portal/page?_pageid=3276,4001900&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL/ 3. Metropolitan Montreal: Regional Version of 2025: http://www.cmm.qc.ca/index.php?id=3D309/ 4. National Forum of Big Cities in Canada: http://www.cmm.qc.ca/bc22/
(Written by T. Miyao) --------------------------------------------------- マリナ・フランギオニ女史 モントリオール市・戦略戦術チー・コーディネーター （2007年8月29日、モントリオール市庁舎にて；聞き手：宮尾尊弘）