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Monday, April 07, 2008

Commercial Drive Area Still Gritty Despite Gentrification

Kelly Sinoski, Vancouver Sun

Published: Sunday, April 06, 2008

VANCOUVER - House prices in Vancouver's Commercial Drive area have tripled in the past decade, drawing yuppies to the now-million-dollar homes, yet some of the grittier problems in the city's vibrant urban village remain.

Homeless people sleep in alcoves. Crack dealers deal openly on street corners. On the periphery of the area, prostitutes still seek customers.

Nonetheless, people who live on "The Drive" say they love the ambience of the neighbourhood and its cafes, shops and diverse and eclectic art, people and music, according to a recent joint survey by the Grandview-Woodland Community Police Station and Simon Fraser University's Canadian Urban Research Studies.


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4 Comments:

At 10:47 AM, Anonymous drive fan said...

I have lived here for 17 years and the high crack dealer action is relatively new...

 
At 10:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The crack industry on the Drive in the nineties had a strong existence in the alleys and fairly secretive locations.

I know this because as a restaurant owner I caught several addicts in my alley. However, lately it has substantially been curbed on my block thanks to the caring residents disallowing the addicts in our alley.

 
At 10:22 AM, Anonymous Lynn said...

Check out the document at http://www.sfu.ca/icurs/publications.html

Its an easy read and useful.

 
At 12:22 PM, Blogger Steven R. Duncan said...

Thanks for everyone's input on this!

Good to see the comments!

 

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