The owners of Montreal’s commercial streets

The Gazette has an item on the Cagibi moving northwards, but this T’cha Dunlevy piece is really a pillorying of Shiller Lavy, the real estate behemoth that controls several commercial streets in this city. The firm has a record of pushing out local independent businesses to bring in more profitable tenants, almost always chain outlets, a preference that flattens out neighbourhood character and tends to make Montreal duller and more samey throughout. Shiller Lavy owns Masson Street, among others, and in 2016 the Journal reported on their investment in mansions for the wealthy.