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Map of a struggling neighbourhood

Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, a venerable neighbourhood plagued by drug addiction, mental illness and prostitution, is composed mostly of low-income housing and social-service agencies. About 27 per cent of the commercial frontage along Hastings Street, the main thoroughfare, is boarded up.

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Downtown Eastside map

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With the 2010 Olympics coming to Vancouver, the eyes of the world will be on the city's Downtown Eastside. The millions poured into the neighbourhood seem to have had little impact on its squalor, its people or their problems with addiction. What should be done? Where would you start? How would you fix Canada's slum?

 
 

Public Forum:

On March 24 at 7 p.m. PT, The Globe, in partnership with CTV and the University of British Columbia, will bring together experts with fresh solutions for the Downtown Eastside at a public forum at UBC’s Robson Square campus.

 

For tickets, call toll-free 1-866-545-0016.
Update (March 6, 2009): Tickets are now SOLD OUT

 

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