West Queen West, a neighborhood in Toronto, Canada, underwent a transformation that we've seen over and over again in recent years. A once poor area primarily made up of immigrants and industrial workers, has suddenly become hip and cool.
Of course, along with that, property values have risen as the
younger, artistic types move in and take over. This neighborhood is home to Toronto's art circuit, including the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art which hosts shows that are free for the public – something that's rare in this day and age.
There's also the Drake Hotel which doubles as a live music space that features contemporary art exhibits as well. And don't worry, there are plenty of places to eat as well, including coffeehouses and diners that specialize in comfort food and local craft beers.