Difference between revisions of "Montreal/South West"
Revision as of 21:40, 19 June 2008
It is made up of the neighborhoods of Petite-Bourgogne-Griffintown (Little Burgundy), Saint-Henri, Pointe-Saint-Charles, Côte-Saint-Paul and Ville Émard.
Historically a blue collar neighborhood, it used to be called "Smokey Valley" because of a high concentration of heavy industry and other sources of pollution. Those days are long gone, and the Lachine canal cleanup and conversion into a park and bike path, as well as many of the old industrial buildings being gentrified and turned into luxury condominiums have changed the face of Sud Ouest forever.
Lionel-Groulx, the transfer station for the Orange and Green lines is at the northern edge of the South West, two blocks from Atwater Market and easy walking distance to the Lachine Canal bike path. Don't get confused by the Atwater metro-- it's several blocks north, across the busy Autoroute Ville Marie. The Charlevoix metro is on the south side of the Canal on the Green line. Further west, Place-Saint Henri is on the Orange line.
The 36 Notre-Dame runs east-west from Bonaventure metro and train station in downtown and the Atwater 108 runs north-south from Atwater metro across the canal, terminating at Lasalle metro station.
The Petite-Bourgogne neighborhood has recently emerged as Montreals gourmet gulch-- though it's yet to overtake the Plateau in terms of sheer number of restaurants.
Petite-Bourgogne is, for Montreal, a high-crime area. Be careful after dark, especially around closing time when bars empty out.