of Vancouver year 2007 accessdate 2007-01-27 By at least the 1950s, "Skid Road" was commonly used to describe the more dilapidated areas in the city's Downtown Eastside, "Demolish City's Skid Road, Murder Protest Demands." Vancouver Sun. April 6, 1962. p.1 which is focused on the original "strip" along East Hastings Street due to a concentration of single room occupancy hotels (SROs) and associated drinking establishments
by Murality's founder, Amalia Liapis, and photographer Eyoälha Baker with the goal of bringing life and vitality to nearby residents, as well as tourists. Residents' Association The neighbourhood was home to a notable non-profit Residents' Association, the Downtown Eastside Residents Association or DERA as it was commonly known to residents, who have battled what are known
), was established with full police powers. A '''skid row''' or '''skid road''' is a run-down or dilapidated urban area with a large, impoverished population. The term originally referred literally to a path along which working men skidded logs. Its current sense appears to have originated in the Pacific Northwest. Examples are the Downtown Eastside in Vancouver, Pioneer Square, Seattle, Washington (Pioneer Square, Seattle), Robert Pickton (w:Robert Pickton), one of Canada's most profilic serial killer (w:serial killer)s, has been found guilty of all six counts of second-degree murder (w:murder) in connection of the deaths of women from the Downtown Eastide (w:Downtown Eastside) in Vancouver (w:Vancouver).
archivedate deadurl Before being elected to Parliament (Parliament of Canada), she participated in many grass-roots political organizations in Vancouver, specifically in the Downtown Eastside area. She dropped out of university to help Bruce Eriksen found the Downtown Eastside Residents Association (DERA), an influential low-income housing advocacy group. She was instrumental in a campaign to save the Carnegie library which was later converted into the Carnegie
and Hastings intersection, but this has been opposed by some residents, including the Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users (VANDU), an advocacy group involved in lobbying for support of Insite and the rights and freedoms of residents of Vancouver who use drugs. Used syringes and condoms on neighbourhood sidewalks are becoming less common due to the efforts of United We Can United We Can website a charity organization that offers local people
, and offers a hot meal, showers, a literacy program, makeup, clothing and hygiene supplies, and a safe space for women to gather. Churches such as the First United Church (First United Church (Vancouver)), one block east of Hastings and Main, Union Gospel Mission on Cordova Street, and Street Church, on Hastings St., run by the Foursquare Church, provide assistance to area residents in the forms of advocacy in dealing with welfare offices, getting health issues met, dealing with drug
in Spring 2010 as it was felt to be a "duplication of services". A large number of the elderly population of the area used this as their primary source of medical and social contact. The UBC Learning Exchange, sponsored by the University of British Columbia since the year 2000, opened up an outreach program at the north end of Main Street which is used by local residents to improve their education. Pivot Legal Society is a non-profit legal advocacy organization located in Vancouver's
of Main Street. ''Jump Street'' was set in the "Evergreen State", the nickname of Washington State. However, Washington state was never officially identified as the setting location on the show. But the show's filming location Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada is given away in the series' opening. A shot of a city bus with destination "Hastings (Downtown Eastside)" is shown briefly, as well as a SkyTrain (Vancouver
track" – and contiguous industrial areas near Vancouver's port. Many believe that this has exacerbated the problem of violence against prostitutes. Over 600 women associated with the DTES low track have gone missing since the early 1980s. Robert William Pickton has been charged with the murders of 26 of these women and convicted on six counts. The BC Missing Women Investigation is ongoing. Image:Hotel Empress.jpg thumb left 250px Hotel Empress at 235 East Hastings is one of the many single-room occupancy hotels in the area. In the fall of 2006, residents were issued eviction notices. "Council defers vote on redevelopment," ''Metro News'', 20 October 2006. Demographics thumb left A Chinese temple in the heart of East Hastings shows the diversity of the neighbourhood. The building was originally a Salvation Army (File:Downtown Eastside temple.jpeg) Temple. The Downtown Eastside, as defined by the City of Vancouver, was home to 16,590 people in 2001. According to the city, 10% of the residents self-identified as Aboriginal in 2001, which comprised approximately 10% of the total Aboriginal population in the city. The Globe and Mail indicated a higher number, having reported that 14% of the residents are of Aboriginal descent, and 9% are status Indians (Indian Act). In the same year, 43% of the population were immigrants, with 23% of those being from China, 5% from Vietnam, 2% from Hong Kong and 14% from all other countries. One percent of residents were on visas or had refugee status. The average household size is 1.3 residents; 82% of the population lived alone. Children and teenagers make up 7% of the population, compared to 25% for Canada overall. The average income for adults living alone is $6,282 per year, and $14,024 after government subsidies. In comparison, the average for Canada is less than $21,000 for adults living alone. 62% of the residents over the age of 15 are not considered participants in the labour force, compared to 33% in Vancouver as a whole. A large number of service personnel work and or live in the area. These include cooks and kitchen staff, paramedics, police and firemen, social service and employment agency representatives. Mental health workers, doctors and alternative therapy practitioners, educators, priests, nuns and other members of the clergy also make up a significant portion of the population. The area is home to many artists and social activists. Problems Drug use thumb right 250px Vancouver Police Department Vancouver police (Image:VPD and perp.jpg) making an arrest in a DTES alley. The Downtown Eastside has a high incidence of HIV and Hepatitis C (Hep C) infection. Guy Babineau, "Poverty and Prejudice, not drugs, fuel BC's HIV rise," The Georgia Straight, 1 December 2005. There is also a persistent drug problem in the Downtown Eastside, with the most common drugs being heroin , crack cocaine, cocaine in powdered form (which is often taken intravenously as well as simply insufflated snorted), and—increasingly—crystal methamphetamine (methamphetamine). Robert Pickton (w:Robert Pickton), one of Canada's most profilic serial killer (w:serial killer)s, has been found guilty of all six counts of second-degree murder (w:murder) in connection of the deaths of women from the Downtown Eastide (w:Downtown Eastside) in Vancouver (w:Vancouver).
of Hastings Street are still empty, with entire buildings often up for sale. New art galleries, convenience stores, fast food outlets, social service organizations and other small businesses continually open here. In the 1980s, many of the street prostitutes in other parts of Vancouver, such as the nearby West End (West End, Vancouver), were kicked out of the neighbourhood after a community campaign led by Gordon Price and ended up in the DTES – now known to sex trade workers as the "low
teaching English abroad, she worked with residents of the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver at the Carnegie Community Centre, both in the kitchen and as a discussion facilitator for a course in Humanities. This program provides a year long liberal arts and social science education regardless of financial and social barriers for residents of the Downtown Eastside who do not typically have access to post-secondary education. Coad is also active with the UBC NDP. group1 Downtown (Downtown Vancouver) neighbourhoods list1 Coal Harbour • Chinatown (Chinatown, Vancouver) • Davie Village • Downtown Eastside • English Bay (English Bay Neighbourhood) • Financial District (Financial District, Vancouver) • Gastown • Granville Entertainment District • Granville Mall (Granville Mall, Vancouver) • International Village (Chinatown, Vancouver#International Village) • Japantown (Japantown, Vancouver) • Robsonstrasse (Robson Street) • Stanley Park (Stanley Park Neighbourhood) • Victory Square (Victory Square, Vancouver) • West End (West End, Vancouver) • Yaletown In addition, there are four campus and community licensed radio stations in the Vancouver market. CJSF-FM (SFU (Simon Fraser University)'s Burnaby campus), CITR-FM (UBC (University of British Columbia)'s main campus), and CFML (CFML-FM) (BCIT (British Columbia Institute of Technology)'s Burnaby campus) are staffed by students from their respective schools. CFRO (CFRO-FM) (Vancouver Coop Radio) is located in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. CJSF, CITR, and CFRO are members of the National Campus and Community Radio Association. History Larry Campbell's election as mayor in 2002 was in part due to his willingness to champion alternative interventions for drug issues, such as supervised injection sites. The city has adopted a ''Four Pillars Drug Strategy'', which combines harm reduction (e.g. needle exchanges, supervised injection sites) with treatment, enforcement, and prevention. Robert Pickton (w:Robert Pickton), one of Canada's most profilic serial killer (w:serial killer)s, has been found guilty of all six counts of second-degree murder (w:murder) in connection of the deaths of women from the Downtown Eastide (w:Downtown Eastside) in Vancouver (w:Vancouver).
and local performers. Gastown is a hotbed of activity and music during this time. Contemporary dancers perform annually at the Dancing on the Edge Festival. Every Labour Day since 2004, a volunteer-run outdoor concert featuring Vancouver bands has been held in Victory Square (Victory Square, Vancouver) Park. The Victory Square Block Party raises money for charities in the DTES. City Opera of Vancouver has produced numerous events in the DTES since 2006. All have been free
programs and free showers. The Carnegie Centre, located at Hastings and Main Streets, serves food, provides live music several times a week and offers free art sketching opportunities since the early 1980s. The LifeSkills Centre on Cordova Street across from Oppenheimer Park offers activities such as crafts, sports and special community events and lunches. The IATSE, Local 118 puts on annual turkey dinners and clothing give-aways at the park just before
The '''Downtown Eastside''' (DTES) is one of the oldest neighbourhoods in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and is erroneously http: www.vancouversun.com news Vancouver+myth+busters 4523360 story.html known as "Canada's poorest postal code". Canada's poorest postal code in for an Olympic clean-up? ''The Globe and Mail'' Is Vancouver's Downtown Eastside really "Canada's poorest postal code"? ''Vancouver Sun Community Blogs'' According to the city of Vancouver, the following zoning areas are partly or wholly within the Downtown Eastside: Chinatown (Chinatown, Vancouver), Gastown, Oppenheimer Park (formerly Japantown (Japantown, Vancouver)), Strathcona, Thornton Park and Victory Square (Victory Square, Vancouver), as well as the light industrial area to the North. There are many conflicting definitions of its perimeter but it can generally be viewed as being bordered by Cambie Street to the west, Clark Drive to the east, the waterfront to the north and Venables Street Prior Avenue to the south, with Hastings Street running down the middle of the neighbourhood.
The area is noted for a high incidence of poverty (Poverty in Canada), drug use, sex trade (Prostitution), crime, violence, as well as a history of community activism. In recent years there have been tensions between developers and some members of the community relating to gentrification development proposals. Carnegie Community Action Project