That's the point though - where is the proof that Montreal is so much better, other than a few isolated locations.
Where on earth is any street furniture in Montreal?
The only strong point appears to by their hydro is progression. But really - when your standing on the street, who cares about hydro? The poles are still there with lights on them. It's the poles that bother me blocking the sidewalks. Not what's strung from them. It's the pavement, sidewalks, trees, etc. that you look for. I don't quite get this obsession that some have with hydro wires ... sure, burying them stops them falling down ... but it's not like most people will care if you can see them or not.