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‘I found a very strange place of magic – in the middle of the city’
“You have to be careful when you hire people to do your dirty work,” said the owner of the house, a man named Yves Le Roux, sitting around a table. He was trying to find a contractor to replace a roof at his rented house in Montreal, after a hurricane had destroyed the one they had been using for the previous year. His house was a rental apartment on the second floor of an old house in the Plateau Mont-Royal district. This was the year before Hurricane Irma came through, and it made it hard to get insurance for the year after.
But the roof was still good, and his family was still going to the beach every weekend – even though it was the middle of the hurricane season.
“I have a lot of experience with rebuilding houses after hurricanes,” Le Roux told me. He worked as a lawyer before moving to the beach with his wife and three daughters. They didn’t have a great beach house, because every time they had to move, the rent for the new place, in the Plateau Mont-Royal, was so low that he couldn’t afford it. They were staying in a hotel for a whole week after the hurricane, and they had a great time, with nothing to do but eat in the hotel restaurants. By the time they had to move, their beach house was destroyed and they had to find a new place in the middle of the city, on the first floor of an old house, in the Plateau Mont-Royal.
There was a lot of work to do, all over the city
That house had been empty for the past year. No one