Downtown Eastside

What is Downtown Eastside known for?


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that has views over Burrard Inlet. A local group, the Central Waterfront Coalition is trying to build support to retain it for Vancouverites, as it is being considered for development. Events held in the Downtown Eastside thumb right Every Sunday a privately organized educational tour is conducted in East Hastings (File:Downtown Eastside protest sign.jpg) A number of events have been happening in DTES in the recent past, beginning with Opera Brevé's series of short opera held at the Four Corners Savings Bank. Opera Brevé at Four Corners Bank reference A grand piano was brought in for each event and full costumes and interactive singers put on shows inside the bank at no cost. In 2003 Vancouver Moving Theatre partnered with the Carnegie Community Centre to put on the Heart of the City Festival, the City of Vancouver's Downtown Eastside Revitalization link which attracted thousands 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).


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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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url http: www.cwhn.ca node 39432 title The Global Women's Memorial Website : Creating a circle from which to speak in unison last McDowell first Christine author2 Lisa Schincariol work Canadian Women's Health Network accessdate 27 November 2009 See also *City Opera of Vancouver *Downtown Eastside Residents Association *Victory Square (Victory Square, Vancouver) *Woodward's building References * http


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gentrification. 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).


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Demands". Vancouver Sun. 6 April 1962. p.1 began to decline. With the area already containing numerous cheap hotels and beer parlour (public house)s, and with alcoholism already endemic, hard drug use began to become the norm along the Hastings "strip". With Eaton's moving its Vancouver flagship store from West Hastings in the 1970s, the decline in shopping traffic led to Woodward's shutting down in 1993. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, crack cocaine was becoming a serious problem in the city. Businesses began leaving the neighbourhood, a trend which was to last for many years. In recent times, however, certain types of local business have been making a comeback. There are tourist-oriented shops, knick-knack boutiques, low-cost household supply stores, restaurants, clothing outlets, a full-scale grocery store, many fresh vegetable retailers and butcher shops, as well as a multitude of convenience stores. Some storefronts along the DTES stretch 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 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).


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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


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Demands". Vancouver Sun. 6 April 1962. p.1 began to decline. With the area already containing numerous cheap hotels and beer parlour (public house)s, and with alcoholism already endemic, hard drug use began to become the norm along the Hastings "strip". With Eaton's moving its Vancouver flagship store from West Hastings in the 1970s, the decline in shopping traffic led to Woodward's shutting down in 1993. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, crack cocaine

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


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to aid them. Stigma surrounding Vancouver's homeless with mental health issues is reported as being a large limiting factor to the quality life and opportunity. This can


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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


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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

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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