The Old North End
This essay looks at the everyday lives of Old North End residents and the often cyclical nature of poverty. Kids will be kids, people endure and the neighbourhood struggles on.
The roots of the Old North End of Saint John, New Brunswick, date back to a 1762 trading post along the Saint John River. A First Nations’ portage trail leading to this trading post eventually became a road that would later become Main Street today.
Over the next two hundred years the houses and businesses sprang. The wharves were busy, industry thrived and the neighbourhood prospered. After several severe fires ripped through the area and the shipping industry declined, the commercial areas moved uptown. The Old North End never recovered.