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Mile-End, Montreal

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Mile End is a neighbourhood and municipal electoral district in the city of Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Mile End is part of the Plateau-Mont-Royal borough in terms of Montreal's municipal politics.
Since the 1980s Mile End has been known for its culture as an artistic neighbourhood, home to artists, musicians, writers, and filmmakers such as Arcade Fire, Adam Gollner, Bran Van 3000, Ariane Moffatt, Grimes, Sean Michaels and Plants and Animals, etc. Many art galleries, designers' workshops, boutiques and cafés are found in the neighbourhood, which have played a large role in Mile End being included on numerous lists outlining the world's most cool and unique neighbourhoods. The comic book company Drawn & Quarterly was founded in the Mile End in 1989, and in 2007 opened up a flagship store on Bernard that is now regarded as the literary hub of the neighbourhood. In 1993 a former Anglican church (south of St. Viateur on Park Ave.) was transformed into the Mile End Library. This opened the door for a community artistic movement that first hosted exhibitions from Images de Femmes in 1994–present, and later a variety of other exhibits. In 1998 the Mile End art gallery and co-op Ame Art were formed with the assistance of the Park YMCA. The computer graphics software house Discreet Logic made a mark on the area by renovating part of an old clothing factory in 1993. In 1997, this space became the new Montreal studios of computer game developer Ubisoft, expanded since to take over the remainder of the building. Mile End became noticeably gentrified during the 1980s and 90s, and rents continue to increase while shops become more upscale – notably the Laurier West strip. These factors have subsequently moved much of the artist community and poorer residents of the Mile End further away from Downtown Montreal to Park Extension and other adjacent neighbourhoods.
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  • fun to walk around and try some of the local restaurants . certain things make every city unique. This area is like that to Montreal . I have walked the area numerous times when visiting Montreal  more »
  • Neighborhoody local flavor of Montreal restaurants,designers, coffee shops, bagels, Quaint, local, ethnic, busy speciality shops (eg. Japanese paper, Montreal bagels, Quebec cheeses, Portuguese...  more »

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