About 100 protesters stormed Vancouver City Hall Tuesday, concerned about gentrification in the Downtown Eastside and disruption of the local drug trade.
The group chanted and unfurled banners at the proposed Sequel 38 condo development in the squalid 100-block of East Hastings, then boarded a school bus and took over a city council meeting.
Going to list out some of the things in this Province article about a protest at city council for condo development in the Downtown Eastside that I find utterly ridiculous:
1. That there is a serious organization called: Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users (VANDU).
2. That said organization, VANDU, suggests the, “proposed condo development – across the street from the Insite safe-injection site and in the heart of street-level drug transactions – would set off a violent drug war.”
3. That there is actually a developer willing to build 97 units (18 social housing ones) in the lion’s den of the worst neighbourhood selling for $250,000.
4. That people get so uppity about things when they remotely call it, “Gentrification”. What the area doesn’t need is less development. Bring on the Gentrification and build, baby build.
5. That City Council let these dopes (using that term only semi-rhetorically which is nice for me) disrupt a council session, and then cater to there demands and listen to them.