How bourgeois was my village?

The Gazette is doing a typical look at what it calls “urban villages” in which it focuses singlemindedly on the most bourgeois aspects of various parts of town: Old Montreal – it’s more than ten years since it was rediscovered by Montrealers, despite what the writer says several times – and the Village, in which she also sees hopeful signs of embourgeoisement. Apparently she plans to go on and do what she can to find the most annoying and pretentious features of other neighbourhoods too.

Both articles also keep up the well-worn fiction that the Plateau is the be-all and end-all of chic neighbourhoods, whereas anyone who’s lived there can tell you how mundane most of it is, if not actually run down.