Free Phones Given Out In The DTES

Hundreds of old cell phones are being handed out to low-income seniors in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside today. The initiative started by the Portland Hotel Society hopes to give those seniors, m...

Want Families Downtown? Design for Them!

The truth is that many downtowns are currently not great places to raise families, because they aren't designed to be. It's a self-fulfilling prophecy. A city and building industry gives up on kids downtown, so no one designs and plans for them. No schools. Little daycare. No playgrounds, facilities or basic public environment to make downtown kid or teenager-friendly. Most importantly, no homes built to actually fit a family. Perhaps a couple, but as soon as baby comes, they start planning the move. This perpetuates the myth that families would never want to live downtown.