Moving House(s)

This summer, two houses were moved from the south end of Malartic to the north. These are part of a 23 home “demonstration phase” anticipating a total of 170 houses to be relocated. Malartic, Quebec (Canada) is a 3700 population town that is no stranger to the role of mining town. The town originally formed as a result of the 1930s gold rush. It began a decline that peaked in 1960s when Malartic nearly became a ghost town.

Things have now come full circle as Malartic again is a gold town. Drilling and compilation work carried out by Osisko has outlined a gold mineralized system measuring 1900 metres x 350 metres, with a variable true thickness ranging from 40 to 270 metres to a vertical depth of 320 metres from surface. The system is open to the west and to the south at depth.

Below are a few shots from their animation on the project:

One element in particular stands out as significantly missed opportunity. Recognizing that relocating part of the town "solves the problem" of those immediately over the precious gold, but not those immediately adjacent to it, there is a proposed landscaped barrier, though underwhelming in its current guise. Forming a lip or ridge to a giant ha-ha (the mine pit), the linear park will obscure the mine from street corridor views and provide recreational activities grafted onto its northern edge.

Other even more ambitious forays into town moving include: Kiruna, Sweden, well covered at Strange Harvest. Happisburgh, Norfolk, England, or the Retreating Village, well covered at Pruned.

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