St. Lawrence Boulevard --Montreal's residential area -- festival
"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)

Tenants more than house owners
". . . 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)