Saint-Roch, Quebec City

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Saint-Roch is a neighbourhood in the borough of La Cité in Quebec City, Canada. Once a working-class neighbourhood, it has been redeveloped in recent years.[1]

The first residents of Saint-Roch were the Recollects in 1620. They built a small church dedicated to Saint Roch. Today the Église Saint-Roch is the largest in Quebec City. Later, a few houses were built near what is now the Gare du Palais.[2] In the first half of the 19th century Saint-Roch was a shipbuilding site. Later, the district saw the development of retail and manufacturing activity. From the mid-1800s to the 1960s the rue Saint-Joseph was the principal commercial street in Quebec City.[2] In the 1960s, with shoppers attracted to suburban shopping centres, a good part of the street was covered with a roof of concrete and plexiglass in 1974.[3] Demolition of this mall began in the 1990s and was finished in 2007[4] which led to increased commercial activity.[5] Since the year 2000, 380 million dollars have been invested in the district to renovate and reconstruct most of the buildings in rue Saint-Joseph.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Saint-Roch Neighborhood". Retrieved 4 January 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c "Le quartier". Retrieved 4 January 2014. 
  3. ^ Revitalisation du centre-ville de Québec - Le dernier hiver du Mail Saint-Roch
  4. ^ Toponymie : Saint-Joseph
  5. ^ Nantel, Marie-Josée. "Hugo Boss dans St-Roch: une "erreur d'implantation"". Le Soleil. Retrieved 4 January 2014.