One final shot to wrap up the streets of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (DTES) series.
This wall mural poses a valid question, “how do we end the drug crisis”?
A more basic question, “how did we get here”?
Vancouver, B.C. is consistently ranked at the top of the list for the world’s most liveable cities – but not for many in the DTES.
The city has a dirty little secret that it has been trying to suppress for decades. The historic four-block area near East Hastings and Main Street — the DTES — known as one of the “poorest postal codes” in Canada, has a combination of drug use, HIV, homelessness, prostitution, mental illness, and crime all making up this poor off neighbourhood.
John Mackie is a veteran Postmedia reporter who has written several stories about Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside Plan.