Outremont

The neighbourhood has been traditionally inhabited largely by Francophones, but is now also home to a large number of Hasidic Jews. It has a population of 22,897; its area of 3,86 kmĀ² makes it the smallest of Montreal’s boroughs. One of its nicest streets is Bernard avenue. It is filled with restaurants, small shops, a historic theatre and more.

Currently, the racial tensions between the Francophones and the Hasidic Jews have escalated into violence: fire bombings, gang fights and shootings. There are streets where you cannot walk along at night without flying the appropriate colours. There is a high police presence in the area, but they seem unwilling to be actively involved in the conflict. The city refuses to acknowledge the violence as racially motivated, and the media has kept remarkably quiet on the issue. Internet sources are the most accurate for getting an idea what is happening in the neighbourhood, but they are awash with misinformation.

Outremont

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