Downtown Eastside advocates pan city plan
Vancouver city hall seen here in August 2013. (CARMINE MARINELLI/ 24 HOURS)
Downtown Eastside advocates are painting the city’s proposed billion-dollar local area plan as too weak and lacking in housing for low-income people.
Carnegie Community Action Project organized a march through the DTES Sunday, culminating with a “paint-in” at the site of a derelict Vancouver Coastal Health building advocates want turned into an aboriginal healing and wellness centre.
The event was a response to the city’s ambitious local area plan, which is going to council this Wednesday.
“We don’t want a centre that’s run by bureaucrats we want a centre that’s run by indigenous people,” said Tamara Herman of the Carnegie Community Action Project.
The group wants to send a clear message to city hall to develop a strong plan that will protect low-income people, said Herman.
Herman is critical of the plan, saying that only $50 million out of about $1 billion over 30 years is going into social housing.
“In the meanwhile, the city’s gift to a new art gallery has been estimated at around $200 million,” she said.