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June 20, 2013

Is 'social mix' good for Vancouver?

Redevelopment project intended for coexistence is causing cries of gentrification.

My Vancouver includes the Downtown East Side
"My Vancouver includes the Downtown East Side". Photo by Flickr user mjmiloy [Creative Commons]

Anti-gentrification protests in Vancouver, Canada have escalated from stealing signs to allegedly setting fire to a housing construction project. They are protesting 'social mix', a redeveloping project aiming to close the city's gaps between rich and poor neighbourhoods. 
The project targets Downtown Eastside, often labeled "Canada's poorest zip code".  Critics of the project are going after expensive new restaurants and condominiums, saying the neighbourhood has been put up for sale at the expense of its poorer residents.