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Culture Crawl, Deck the Dark and Who Should Live Here?

Thursday, November 14, 2013
Some upcoming events that should be of interest to neighbours.

The next seven days see the return of the Eastside Culture Crawl; Deck the Dark an innovative and fun new project to bring people together and illuminate Maclean park (just in time for the holidays!) and an SFU City Conversation pitting a former city planner versus an architect/developer over the City's Local Area Plan for Strathcona and the DTES and "who should live here".

17th Annual Eastside Culture Crawl 2013

This Weekend: Vancouver's visual arts, crafts and design festival featuring 400+ artists.

The Eastside Culture Crawl is an annual 3-day visual arts festival, that involves artists on Vancouver's Eastside opening their studio to the public. The event is focused on the area bounded by Main St., 1st Ave., Victoria Drive, and the Waterfront and involves painters, jewelers, sculptors, furniture makers, weavers, potters, printmakers, photographers, glassblowers; from emerging artists to those internationally established.

- A great opportunity to explore the creative side of the neighbourhood!

Deck the Dark at Maclean Park

Bringing People together to illuminate dark spaces- this Sunday, November 17

CityStudio invites Strathcona residents to ‘Deck the Dark’ on Sunday, 4 p.m. at MacLean Park (corner of Keefer St. and Hawks Avenue).
Meet your neighbours and help us illuminate a dark corner of the park with the goal of improving community safety during the dark winter months.

Lighting, equipment, and warm drinks will be provided. To make it a true community project, residents are encouraged to bring their own lights and decor to add to the display. This event is brought to you by CityStudio Vancouver.
More info on their Facebook page.

DTES Community Plan: Who Should Live Here?

SFU Community Conversations: Discussing DTES/Strathcona Local Area Plan's Emerging Directions

[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]

From the website:
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.

Thursday November 21, 12:30pm - SFU Vancouver, Harbour Centre 515 West Hastings, Room 1600