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For all you hipsters out there, Project for Public Spaces says "head to the Plateau!"

http://www.pps.org/info/newsletter/august2007/best_neighborhoods

Five of the best neighborhoods in North America

BEST HIP NEIGHBORHOOD

THE PLATEAU, MONTREAL, QUEBEC/B]

A quaint working-class quarter transformed into the artistic and cultural hotbed of Quebec. This is really Montreal's showcase neighborhood, featuring some of the city's finest architecture, cuisine and entertainment venues. Plateau dwellers include artistic types, university students, young families and an older generation of people who still remember this now-hip neighborhood when it was a working class melange of cultures and ethnicities.
The Plateau is pleasurable to live in particularly because of the close connection of housing, shopping, parks and entertainment opportunities. It is extremely sociable, friendly and welcoming, and an ideal setting for long strolls. Pick-up games of soccer and Frisbee are always going on in the parks and people of all ages can be found strolling through streets and lounging in cafes during the afternoon.
 

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Lots of other places will catch on at gentrifying their own 'hoods that it makes me wonder how long Le Plateau's gonna remain this hot.
 
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