Griffintown is a historically working-class majority Irish neighborhood that was a part of the Sud-Ouest borough. During the restructuring of Montréal into districts in 2006, the new Consulate Government sectioned off Griffintown and Little Burgundy from the rest of the Sud-Ouest as a part of creating high-rent luxury neighborhoods. Massive corporations like Eurobank and Hilliard took the government funding and targeted the district with massive investments to transform the working-class neighborhood as a new neighborhood for condos and office buildings.
In 2014, Montréal went bankrupt and cut off funding to its various post-Long Crisis real estate plans. Most construction sites were left abandoned as corporations reinvested elsewhere to take advantage of the crises in Montréal. Many buildings are still left unfinished to this day, the most famous of them being the Griffintown Complex, a luxury megabuilding intended to become offices which were left to decay in 2014. Now, around 40,000 squatters call the abandoned construction their home.
The presence of the Griffintown Complex within the district leads to violence being commonplace on the streets. Some condo towers have been renovated into small cramped low-rent apartments while others attract high-end goldenkids and business magnates.
In the 2020s, Greater Griffintown (mostly called “griffintown” or even “gg”) is a tapestry of old 19th-century buildings soaked in neon and of towers of glass and luxury apartments. The district is the visual representation of “gentrification”.
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