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Downtown Eastside 12

January 12, 2007

Downtown Eastside 12

Downtown Eastside 12

A construction site in the heart of the Downtown Eastside. Formerly the location of Vancouver’s famed Woodwards building, squatted by housing rights activists in 2002. The development is a subject of intense municipal debate within Vancouver. Downtown Eastside residents argue for the current development to include a high percentage of social housing units. Developers are pushing for the majority of the development to become high income condominium dwellings. Local activists pin-point the former Woodwards building as the prime example of the City of Vancouver’s gentrification efforts which exclude the local population of the Downtown Eastside.

by Stefan Christoff

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