VIDEO: Abandoned, quarter-mile-long rope factory has been repurposed to revitalize the historic heart of this downtown

A huge old rope factory in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada is being repurposed into a diverse center of food and retail shops.

This old industrial neighborhood in the heart of the city started with a quarter-mile-long factory making rope and twine for the fishing industry.

Today there’s no rope — but there is something that ties the neighborhood together.

After a period of decline, businesses are moving back to Ropewalk Lane — a surge of people from different backgrounds bringing their cultures, and their businesses, with them — and the street is now a retail hub for the area.

Restaurants, groceries, hockey pucks … even haircuts

Watch 3 1/2-minute new video.

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