Eastside residents plan for the future
REPORTED BY Katie Hyslop
The Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood Council has long held a very public stance against the City of Vancouver's refusal to stop condo development or provide land for new social housing in the Downtown Eastside. But for the past year they have been working with the city and the Building Communities Society to create a Downtown Eastside Local Area Planning Process (LAPP), a pathway to a community plan that will map out the development future of the city's oldest and poorest neighbourhood.
"(ALIVE) wants to work to look at the real issues of violence, the lateral violence, that happens when you concentrate all the services on this one specific area," says Clark, who is now meeting with a separate coalition of organizations to discuss the LAPP with the city. "All of those kinds of issues we want to be able to address, and we can't address that in a process under the CCAP gentrification strategy process."