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DTES Community Plan: Who Should Live Here?

Thursday, November 21, 2013
The Downtown Eastside is Canada’s poorest neighbourhood. Activists fear that poor people are being driven out by gentrification. After years of discussion, a new Community Plan for its central area is close to going to City Council for adoption. It recommends that new housing be 60% social and 40% rental units. Renowned former Vancouver Planning Director Ray Spaxman says he’s open to hearing that case. Architect and developer Michael Geller thinks that a healthy community should also include those who own their units. Our last conversation for 2013 wants to hear both sides, and your questions and opinions. You’re welcome to bring your lunch.

[Note: this timely discussion will be addressing some of the significant changes being proposed in the City's Local Area Plan for Strathcona and the DTES and specifically the proposals for the DEOD sub area 1 (aka "Hastings and Main") which runs along Hastings from Abbott to Heatley and proposes heights of up to 12 stories and density of 8 FSR]