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DTES Slumlord Misses Court Appearance

Vancouver slumlord George Wolsey failed to show up for a legal hearing on Monday morning, but his lawyer insists he isn't trying to evade justice in the courts. Wolsey, the former owner of two S...
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The Berlin Wall Theory of Drug Prohibition

"We know that people get addicted to gambling and we don't say there should be no gambling. We know that people get addicted to alcohol and we don't say there should be no alcohol. As long as there is very strict regulation, I don't see why the same argument shouldn't apply to hard drugs."
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Downtown Eastside Needs To Be Normalized

The key issue is whether the heart of Vancouver's Downtown Eastside should remain a low-income precinct with a high concentration of shelters, social housing, and community services -- essentially "walled off" from the rest of the city -- or should it become a more normalized community with a broader range of households and housing choices, including condominiums, restaurants and shops catering to the entire city population?
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Four DTES Drug Raids

VANCOUVER - Vancouver police officers have raided four locations in the city's downtown core, as they try to shatter an organized crime group they believe supplies cocaine to the Downtown Eastside.Eme...
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Moving On From Gentrification to 'Shared Neighborhoods'

It's hard to have a conversation about gentrification, with all the baggage around the word. As long as many argue that any level of gentrification is to be absolutely avoided, positive and responsible change remains virtually impossible. Recently urbanist Richard Florida joined others in suggesting we need a new word to replace gentrification, asking "if all economic development and neighbourhood revitalization is gentrification, how do we grow and improve our urban areas?"