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Shaughnessy Village is a neighbourhood of Montreal, Quebec, Canada, located on the western side of the Ville-Marie borough. It is bounded by Guy Street to the east, Atwater Street to the west, Sherbrooke Street to the north, and René Lévesque Boulevard/Ville-Marie Highway to the south.
This neighbourhood is the most densely populated area of Quebec, due to the large number of high-rise apartment towers built in the 1960s and 1970s. The area is characterized by high-density residential housing and small-businesses, typically owned and operated by immigrants living in the neighbourhood.
In 1981, local citizens named the neighourhood after Shaughnessy House, built in 1874 for Thomas Shaughnessy, president of the Canadian Pacific Railway. The house was declared a National Historic Site of Canada in 1974, and is now part of the Canadian Centre for Architecture.
Sections of Shaughnessy Village are abandoned, though not to the same extent as the mid-late 1990s. There are several large apartment blocks that sit completely abandoned, in addition to a long row of commercial properties along Saint Catherine's Street.
Petty crime is slightly above average in this part of town, and a higher than average level of homelessness given the number of abandoned buildings in which to squat. Public drunkenness and drug usage is one of the more bothersome social pathologies, though the area in which this activity takes place is somewhat limited.
The presence of ever-expanding Concordia University and Dawson College have had a generally positive impact on the quality of life in the area, which has arguably been steadily gentrifying in the last twenty years. The Montreal Children's Hospital will soon vacate its property south of Cabot Square, and several other heritage buildings in the area have had a difficult time weathering the recent economic troubles.
The city of Montreal released a comprehensive city beautification plan in March of 2011, but has not acted on it so far. Property prices are relatively low given the proximity to the urban core, and so is somewhat perennially described as an 'up-and-coming neighbourhood'. Recent investments in the area, such as the new tourism institute to occupy the old Victoria Grammar School (1885) and the Seville Condo project may help maintain the momentum of redevelopment.
It is thus one of the more cosmopolitan neighbourhoods in the city, as well as being generally more English-speaking than the rest of Montreal. There is a sizeable population of Chinese-Canadians living in the area, so much so that part of the informally named Concordia Ghetto is also sometimes referred to as New Chinatown. Much like Montreal's main Chinatown, it is pan-Asiatic, rather than uniquely Chinese.
The area is home to numerous small independently-owned and operated restaurants, bars, bistros and cafés.
The neighbourhood is served by two Montreal Metro Green line stations. Guy-Concordia station in the east and Atwater station to the west. Georges Vanier station on the Orange line is just south of Shaughnessy Village in nearby Little Burgundy. The area is also well-served by numerous bus lines terminating at Atwater Station that connect Westmount, Cote-des-Neiges and much of the rest of the urban core. The Claire-Morissette bike path on De Maisonneuve Boulevard cuts through the centre of the neighbourhood and the area is well served by Bixi stations.
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