Griffintown Montreal A Neighborhood On The Rise is about a newly developed sector of Montreal, barely a kilometer in size. It’s border stretch from north of the Lachine Canal to Notre-Dame St., and east from Georges-Vanier to the Bonaventure Expressway. Real estate wise, this area is part of the borough of Le Sud-Ouest.
An area rich with history and some wonderful architectural buildings, this southwestern part of Montreal stretches back to the 1820’s to the 1960’s as an industrial and working class neighborhood for mostly Irish immigrants.
In 2014, Griffintown became part of an ongoing movement to introduce a “Quartier de l’innovation” to lower Montreal, with the idea to create and foster creativity and entrepreneurship in the city. This focus has attracted a demographic of upscale, professional, high-tech and young millennials, than the other districts of the Sud-Ouest region. From a minimal population of 810 in 1971, Griffintown today has an untold amount of major housing complexes occupied and currently under development. According to statistics Canada ” Griffintown has had double-digit growth, but the area bordered by Notre-Dame, Guy and de la Montagne Streets saw the largest population boom in the metropolitan region, exploding by 642 per cent from 2011.”
Along with all these condo developments and new residents, a whole host of stylish restaurants, artisan bakeries, hotels, boutiques, high end grocers and stores have sprung up. One of the other great features of this neighborhood is if you work downtown, you can cycle to work, stroll out for a microbrew or some fromage Québecois…. The price point of this area is also more attainable for young professionals than it’s nearby Old Montreal.
I recently did a mini video snapshot of the neighborhood as it stands now in 2018. This neighborhood reminds me somewhat of Soho in New York and / or some of the other old industrial sections of Manhattan that went through transformation.