|"I don't like this city [Montreal]. You can't throw a stone without breaking a church window" (Mark Twain qut in 57)|
Immigrants -- early: Italian, Greek, Portuguese and Eastern European Jews
recent: Blacks (e.g. Haitians)
"The line that divides east from west in Montreal is St. Lawrence Boulevard. Ethnic communities have flourished along "the Main," as it is known for decades, and it is no coincidence that this thoroughfare and its adjacent neighborhoods are among the most lively and interesting in Montreal." ((Sobol 59)
--traverses Montreal's Chinatown
--the trendy areas (e.g. chic cafes, clothes stores, etc.) on Sherbrook
". . . most Montreal neighborhoods have rows of brick duplexes and triplexes."
"the majority of Montrealers are tenants rather than home-owners, and moving from one apartment to another is a common ritual, even for families. On 1 July, Montreal's traditional moving day, the streets are filled with cars and vans in transit from one dwelling to another, . . . " (Sobol 53)