Griffintown, in the southwest of Montreal, used to be nothing but warehouses and run-down factories. But in the last few years, it’s quickly become residential, with the old buildings converted to loft apartments and never-ending new condos being built. It’s also being touted as the new creative neighbourhood of the city and Station F-MR is the perfect example of that creativity.
F-MR is a public open space where you can go and spend a little time walking around and checking out the shops. The novelty of converting old Metro cars into shops is the main draw here, and after speaking with one of the shop owners, I learned that area is still kind of new and in the progress of improving itself. This means that although there’s a coffee shop, some stores selling locally made products such as cards, tee-shirts, and pins, there’s not much else to do. At this point, enjoying the space is more conceptual than literal, but the potential is evident. Still, it’s by the Lachine canal, good for a picture or two, and there’s a space in the center to sit and chill on old metro seats.