The run-down apartments near Howard Park , above , are reminders of the hopes and dreams of the working class, from the Jewish immigrants of the sixties to the current ones from Asia . They , along with so many other similar units , have been affordable havens for people who can’t afford more . Above all , they bring richness to a neighbourhood . Just try and find soul in the West Island. I agree that there are slum lords that often run these places. But by hook or by crook , people have been able to live through this and overcome , wiser than before through the experience and empowerment attained from the knowledge they were forced to pick up .
There are unique neighborhoods that the so -called enlightened artsy types want to be a part of . The solution ? Buy the old buildings , demolish them , and build condos . And Park Extension is rife for the picking.
In the above photo , you have a typical working class scene . A bus stop with people actually waiting and needing to take the bus , another property that needs a small upstart business to rent its locale , and old apartment buildings. Paradise ? No . But it’s full of life and teaches empowerment . I keep harping on empowerment , but it is the single most important lesson to be learned in life . And it is certainly learned here . Usually through the struggle to retain one’s dignity .
Yesterday I wrote a post on LA Place Commune , which brought about some backlash , telling me that they are about gentrification . And I am questioning my initial post . As I state in it , there are hardly and locals in the café and the management is very lax about reaching out to the community . While this is not gentrification per se , it is a sign of a burgeoning class moving northward from the plateau Mont Royal to find more affordable housing and in turn more disposable income . Maybe to buy a condo with ?
Wouldn’t this be a great place for a condo ? Developers look for excuses all the time . Revitalisation is a common catch phrase . Meanwhile , it’s revitalized for the newcomers and out of reach for the ones who used to live here .