A view of downtown Vancouver that may disappear soon…

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The other day, I managed to catch a glimpse of something that may not last very long in that part of downtown Vancouver called the DTE…the downtown east.

Sure, the area has it’s problems…substance abuse is rife…as is homelessness and prostitution.

In a way, some of the people themselves are to blame, as the Govt has apparently setup shelters for the homeless many times, but the people concerned prefer to live on the streets.

Nothing new….much the same goes on in any city around the world.

The first picture above has accidentally captured 3 main things that are set to happen soon in the DTE….the first is redevelopemnt…I ahve circled the start of it in the photo….that building used to be a magnet for the homeless and drug traffickers just earlier this year…since the Govt decided to bulldoze the old building and redevelop it as new apartments and commercial premises below, the problems have disappeared.

In a way, I find it cruel, but also liberating…it is making the area safer and bringing in more trade.

The next photo shows a group of people openly dealing with drugs on a side street…the same street also has hookers in the evening touting for business from passing motorists. This too will most probably disappear once the redevelopment picks up pace…a bad thing? Tell me what you think!

And finally, third…see that part of the street in the second photo where the tarmac has come off? You can just make out the olde worlde cobbles that the street used to be paved with…a bit of history that again, will go once new road surfaces are laid out.

So, and innocent shot, but which has captured so much. A picture can tell a thousand words!



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