Originally a working class neighbourhood, Petite-Patrie began to gentrify in the early twenty-first century.
The construction of a tramway in 1892 linking downtown to the Sault-au-Récollet led to the urbanization of the area, which continued until about 1930. It was still a predominantly residential neighborhood: the only jobs were concentrated along the railway, in the workshops of Montreal or those of the Montreal Street Railway.
- 44% of single parent families,
- 19% of immigrants (born outside of Canada)
- 10% unemployed,
- 36% of people living below the poverty line
The main roads in La Petite-Patrie include:
- The orange line of the Montreal Metro crosses the neighbourhood
- La Petite-Patrie is crossed by three bicycle paths:
- Along the Canadian Pacific railway line to the south
- Along Boyer Street
- Along Saint Zotique Street in the east.
- CLSC de La Petite-Patrie
- Security and justice
- The Youth Division of the Court of Quebec located on Bellechasse Street.
The Commission scolaire de Montréal (CSDM) operates Francophone public schools.
The English Montreal School Board (EMSB) operates Anglophone public schools.
Sports and recreation
- Centre Père-Marquette (piscine, gymnases, patinoire)
- Piscine Saint-Denis
- Père-Marquette Park has soccer and baseball fields, playground equipment, community gardens and a skatepark.
- Jean-Talon Market is a large public market
- La Plaza Saint-Hubert is an shopping district located on Saint-Hubert Street between Bellechasse Street and Jean Talon Street.
Places of worship
- Saint-Ambroise Church
- Saint-Édouard Church
- Saint-Arsène Church
- Saint-Jean-Berchmans Church
- Church of the Madonna della Difesa (Notre-Dame-de-la-Défense Church)