Lost Neighborhoods

Lost Neighborhoods

Centre d'histoire de Montréal, in collaboration with the Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling and many other partners

Aerial view of excavated Radio-Canada, formerly the Faubourg m'lasse, photo from Archives de la Ville de Montréal

"What I found to be the hardest was witnessing the demolition. [...] No more traces of your childhood. You can't point and say ""I was born here"", ""I grew up there"". No, it's just a parking lot, and a tower."
Jeanelle Bouffard, former resident of the Faubourg à m'lasse.

Between 1950 and 1975, an era of worldwide modernization, whole neighbourhoods were destroyed in Montreal. In a bid to bring back these lost neighbourhoods to life, the Centre d'histoire de Montréal has worked to collect memories of former residents of the Red Light, Goose Village and the Faubourg à m'lasse districts. Additionnally, the team has interviewed experts from the City and some of those involved with the demolition. A documentary-style exhibition illustrating the outcome of this project is presented at the Centre d'histoire de Montréal until September 2013.

Represented by Steven High on the scientific committee, CHODS participated in the development of this exhibition by sharing expertise and methodological advice with the museum's team. Professor High also contributed to historical research for the exhibition, namely by conducting interviews in Little Burgundy about the construction of the Ville-Marie highway and how residents had been forced to relocate.