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laniwurm ADMIN May 27, 2008
Over a hundred photos already!! Thanks everybody. And feel free to invite others to the group.

Group Description

Few neighbourhoods make as much noise as Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Although most of the attention it attracts focuses on drug addiction, mental health, and poverty, it is also the most creatively-inclined area in the city, as seen in its protests, street art, numerous art galleries, scores of artists, and even the unruly culture that animates its streets and alleyways. While other neighbourhoods struggle to define themselves in a rapidly changing city, the DTES boasts a community that knows who it is and isn’t afraid to express it.

It’s also a neighbourhood undergoing a radical transformation spurred on by the Olympic fever of developers, politicians, and civic boosters. Some call it gentrification and speak out against the displacement of the most marginalized people in the city. Others prefer to call the process revitalization, and can point to the restoration of heritage buildings that have languished for decades as the worst slum dwellings in Vancouver as evidence of positive change. Such tensions abound.

The purpose of this group is to establish a pool of photographs that documents this changing neighbourhood. Images might depict injustice or resistance, buildings or people, culture or politics, or whatever else appears on the DTES landscape.

The pool will serve as a source of photographic content for Fearless City, an online community portal hosted by the DTES Community Arts Network.

Don't forget to tag your photos with "fearlesscity."

Related Groups:
Vanishing Vancouver
Vancouver's Chinatown

Additional Info

  • This group will count toward the photo's limit (60 for Pro members, 30 for free members)
  • Accepted content types: Photos, Videos, Images, Art, Screenshots
  • Accepted safety levels: Safe
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