Cultural quarters are diversified urban spaces adapted to local character. They integrate elements related to heritage, architecture, environment, arts, science and commercial activity and call upon stakeholders from various spheres of activity.
Saint-Laurent's cultural quarter is the historical heart of the Borough, which represents one of the oldest settlement sites on the island of Montréal. Located in the Vieux-Saint-Laurent sector and linking the various historical, heritage, cultural and commercial centres of interest in the neighbourhood, it makes it possible to capitalize on the outstanding potential of this sector. Right in the heart of the Borough's residential urban fabric and at two métro station exits, this cultural quarter is a showcase of Saint-Laurent's rich past. The Bibliothèque du Vieux-Saint-Laurent, the Musée des Maîtres et artisans du Québec, the Salle de spectacles Émile-Legault and two colleges are some of the major sites located here, and soon, in 2017, Saint-Laurent's public square.
Two wall murals were created in the area.
- Facing Parc Beaudet: All it Takes is a Little Heart, by artist OMEN, a world-renowned graffiti artist from Montréal, who specializes in hyper-realistic female portraits
- Between Du Collège métro station and Cégep de Saint-Laurent: Engloutie, by artist Rafael Sottolichio, evokes dreams—a work of art that represents a female who appears to be floating.
In 2016, the Borough wants to have a third wall mural created near the future public square that is being set up for Montréal's 375th anniversary.