Rosemont - La Petite Patrie
At the beginning of the 20th century, Rosemont was really a developer’s dream, created in 1905 from two adjacent small villages and then incorporated into the city of Montreal a few years later, in 1910.
Much of the land was owned by a local businessman and speculator Ucal-Henri Dandurand. Having bought a large tract of land in this neighbourhood from the Canadian Pacific Railway, he and his associate Herbert Holt set up the Angus workshops, and sold the leftover land for residential use.
The area was named the Village of Rosemont, after Dandurand's mother, Rose Phillips. Mr. Dandurand made many promises: construction of sewer pipe, parks, but the city was merged with Montreal due to too many debts. Promoters made their money and left the bills for the new residents. Rosemont – La Petite-Patrie has always been an industrial city, but the area became a new technology haven at the beginning of the 21st century.
The Botanical Garden and the Insectarium, as well as the Jean-Talon Market where market gardeners await guests with their fresh fruit and vegetables, are located at Rosemont - La Petite Patrie. The charming Little Italy neighbourhood, the park Maisonneuve are also part of Rosemont – La Petite Patrie. In January 2002, Rosemont-La Petite Patrie merged with others communities on the Montreal Island to create the large city of Montréal.
It became a borough of Montréal. Nowadays, this borough counts on its tourist potential by offering major tourist attractions of Montréal.
Today Rosemont-Petite-Patrie is one of the largest in the city of Montreal covering 120 square km, ranked second in terms of population on its territory.
Its northern border is Rosemont Boulevard with Boulevard St. Michel to the east, Rachel Street to the south and De Lorimier Avenue to the west. Besides, Rosemont is still one of the most affordable and family-friendly district of Montreal regarding cost for houses.