The Effects of Gentrification on Hochelaga-Maisonneuve
by Sguimont on October 5, 2017 - 9:45am
“Le Devoir” published an article, on September 5th, 2017, about the process of gentrification that is currently happening in the district of Hochelaga-Maisonneuve. The author explains that from the last 20 years this district saw a considerable increase in the price of apartments, houses, and a complete transformation of the neighbourhood commercial vitality. In numbers it is 7 % less renters than in 1991, 3500 more condominiums in 26 years and an augmentation in the number of restaurants, from 44 in 1976 to 63 in 2016. This phenomenon deeply affects the old residents, in the last years we observed a lot of vandalism in the neighbourhood against new restaurants, cafés or bakeries acting as a symbol of manifestation against the “embourgeoisement” of their district. This article was written before the discussion, organised by the district of Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve and “La Table de quartier Hochelaga-Maisonneuve”, In order to reduce the tensions in the district and to find solutions to reduce the effects of gentrifications.
In my opinion the gentrification of Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, or any other districts, is not such a bad thing. Indeed, the process of gentrification revitalizes all the economy and ambiance of this given district. In other words, the new neighbours, that have greater means, will encourage the creation of new businesses such as restaurants, cafés, groceries and so on. Furthermore, it will encourage the municipality to revitalize its roads, buildings, and commodities. It gives a second breath to the district. Even though the old residents are the one who suffer the most from gentrification, I think that it is a necessary process in the development of a city.