Downtown Eastside

What is Downtown Eastside known for?


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sex trade , crime, violence, as well as a history of community activism. Hastings and Cordova Streets were


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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


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. The flatiron Europe Hotel sits at the crux of Water, Powell, Alexander and Carrall Streets. The Strathcona (Strathcona (Vancouver)) neighbourhood lies within the DTES City of Vancouver Downtown Eastside Revitalization link and is a historic working-class neighbourhood that has avoided many social problems, despite the decline of areas nearby. Some people believe that this sense of community


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;!-- Area postal codes & others -------- postal_code_type postal_code area_code website footnotes 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


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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


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Community Centre serving low-income adults. url http: www.sydneymsic.com Bginfo.htm report_on_the_establishment_or_trial_of_safe_injecting_rooms accessdate 2010-03-30 with the Sydney Medically Supervised Injecting Centre (MSIC) opening in May, 2001.


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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

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

name "National post" National Post: History of Serial Killers: http: network.nationalpost.com np blogs posted archive 2007 12 12 a-sordid-history-of-canadian-killers.aspx The resulting deaths were reported as alcohol poisoning and police paid little attention, because some of his victims were alcoholics. Although the newspapers often described the women as prostitutes, not all were involved in prostitution. Jordan was known


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of visitors from outside the area. It was the 100th anniversary of the Carnegie Centre. The festival was made an annual event during the years 2005 to 2008. The Crab Park Festival is an annual, volunteer run, outdoor concert that's been held every 1 July since 1984 at Crab Park at Portside. The festival features Vancouver acts, provides food and beverages for residents of the Downtown Eastside, and creates awareness in keeping Crab Park a greenspace for the people in the neighbourhood. Annual Crab Park Festival – Straight.com The Japanese Festival, known as the Powell Street Festival, is held each summer in Oppenheimer Park, and at the Japanese Language school nearby. In 2008, the 32nd annual Powell Street Festival was relocated temporarily to Woodland Park, 700 Woodland Drive ( 2 & 3 August 2008). The Jazz Festival also comes to the area in early summer each year, with both renowned 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 to the residents and general public, and have included recitals, concerts, and lecture-demonstrations. These have been given at numerous DTES venues, including the Carnegie Centre, the Pantages Theatre (Pantages Theatre (Vancouver)), Jacob's Well, the Evelyne Saller Centre, Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, the Interurban Gallery, Building Opportunities with Business, 319 Main, the Strathcona Community Centre, both years of the Fearless Festival at Pigeon Park, and both years of the Homeground Festival at Oppenheimer Park. Several have been videotaped for re-broadcast on Fearless Television over Shaw TV Vancouver. The Women's Memorial March is held annually in the district on Valentine's Day, to call attention to missing and murdered women. As of 2009, an estimated 39 women were missing from the Downtown Eastside. 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).


early concentration

in the area. The area's seedy origins date back to the early concentration of saloons in pre-Canadian Prohibition (1915–1919) and its popularity with loggers, miners and fishermen whose work was seasonal and who spent their salaries in the area's cheap accommodations and public houses. A portion of Vancouver's Skid Row, Gastown, has also been gentrified (Gentrification); however it is in a difficult coexistence with the nearby impoverished Downtown Eastside along East Hastings Street


community legal

attempted to pass a police line guarding the waterfront and were attacked with clubs and tear gas in what came to be known as the Battle of Ballantyne Pier. Personal life Kwan immigrated to Canada at age nine from Hong Kong. She speaks both English and Cantonese. She graduated from Simon Fraser University with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and was a community legal advocate in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside before entering politics. Jenny currently lives in East Vancouver, with her husband, daughter, son and stepson. thumb right 300px Construction of the new Woodward's development in March 2007, taken from Harbour Centre (Image:Woodwards development.jpg) Lookout. The '''Woodward's Building''' was a historic building in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The original portion of the building was constructed in 1903 for the Woodward's Department Store when that area of Cordova Street was the heart of Vancouver's retail shopping district. At one time this was the premiere shopping destination in Vancouver. The store was famous for its Christmas window displays and its basement Food Floor, and the "W" sign at the top of the building was a distinctive landmark on the Vancouver skyline. Since the bankruptcy of Woodward's in 1993 the building remained vacant except for a housing occupation in 2002 that initiated the redevelopment process. Redevelopment was seen by many as a key to revitalizing the Downtown Eastside, but the demolition of the structure in 2006 and redevelopment of the site has met with some local resistance from the existing residents of the neighborhood. The Woodward's redevelopment is now complete with many residents and businesses now in the buildings. http: www.woodwardsdistrict.com Several members of the band have, for as long as a decade, worked for organizations that meet the basic living requirements of the chronically poor, drug addicted and mentally ill in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside neighborhood, such as Insite. 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).

Downtown Eastside

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

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