Can a neighbourhood be too cool? The fight over Montreal's Plateau

The Montreal Plateau neighborhood is in transition testing the patience of residents, performers and politicians. Richard Lehoux via photopin cc

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What happens when the very thing that attracts people - the hip, cool nightlife becomes the thing that divides a neighbourhood? It is a battle that has played out in Vancouver, Paris, Toronto, Melbourne and now in Montreal's Plateau neighbourhood.

A little night music is just too much night music for some of the residents of one Montreal neighbourhood ...


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Vincent Stephen-Ong (left) with improvisational group Kalmunity Vibe Collective.

Last October, a venue that featured a a band called Kalumnity Vibe Collective was fined more than $1,200 after neighbours complained to police. When the band's saxophone player got home that night he made a youtube video about the experience and launched a social media campaign called "Save The Plateau". The Plateau is the Montreal neighbourhood where the venue is located ... an area jammed with restaurants and bars, and generally lots of action.

The area is in demand and in transition... like so many urban neighbourhoods in Canada. Municipal politicians across the country weigh the concerns of residents with the concerns of businesses trying to keep neighbourhoods thriving with restaurants, cultural events and nightlife, without making it uninhabitable for people who must work in the morning.


  • Christine Gosselin is a borough councillor for Plateau-Mont-Royal. She was in our Montreal studio as well.

Do you live in the Plateau, or if you were listening and thought -- hey, that sounds like where I live! What do you love, or hate, about living in the heart of the city?

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Our Montreal special was produced by The Current's Kristin Nelson and Montreal Network Producer Susan McKenzie.

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