Gentrification: even the nice stuff is dubious

Essay-ish La Presse piece considers how beneficial urban improvements bring in a wave of gentrification, giving examples from elsewhere, such as New York’s High Line seeding more expensive dwellings in its wake.

In Montreal, bike paths and even community gardens are called into question. About the gardens I’m not so sure, because when I was doing it in the Plateau-Mile End area, a lot of the folks involved were older people, many allophones, no eco-hipsters. One of the most outstanding gardens there was tended by a couple from India who were growing vegetables unusual in this climate. But maybe this has changed too.

Update: Does anyone know what the writer means by “les jardins urbains du campus MIL”?