Mile End is an area of Montreal; it has buildings dating to the 1800s and early 1900s. Triplexes (apartments on each of three stories) are common with outdoor staircases despite our snowy winters. The area has been home to different waves of immigrants. My own parents went to schools in Mile End when they were growing up. Each wave of immigrants has left its mark, even after they moved on. Mile End is home to the two original bagel bakeries, to Greek pastry shops, to Portuguese restaurants, to Italian cafés - and the variety of nationalities keeps growing. And of course it is also home to the descendants of the earliest Montreal settlers - the French and later the English, Irish and Scottish.