In the poorest urban neighbourhood in Canada, Vancouver's Downtown Eastside (DTES), gentrification has been on the move for decades. Plotting these new developments on a map of the DTES and walking along the now unfamiliar streets reveals gentrification for what it is: a form of structural violence.
RAMP has documented many irregularities and problems in the process leading up to the February 27 rezoning hearing for the proposed RIZE tower development by Rize Alliance Properties Ltd. It sacrifices Mount Pleasant's "heritage heart" for a projected $27 million profit , making the project a lucrative deal for the developer, but an unfair deal for the community. After millions of public dollars and thousands of staff and volunteer hours of spent to develop the Mount Pleasant Community Plan, t he architect, developer, and planner have used a biased interpretation of the plan to justify greater height and density .
Kim Jackson will present: Gentrification in the Junction: erasure, displacements and the marketization of space past and present
Local organizations often deploy historical narratives to sell their neighbourhood to potential home buyers and business owners in an effort to reinforce gentrification processes. Taking the Junction as a case study, this research looks at historical continuities between colonization, as primitive accumulation, and gentrification as ongoing primitive accumulation strategies to continue the marketization of space. The increased marketization of both space and sociality rifts the community into those who participate and are therefore valorized, and those who do not and are therefore excluded, made vulnerable and considered expendable.
A text originally published in edition 12 of Four Minutes to Midnight, launched in November at Expozine in Montreal. Ideas expressed in this article largely are linked to and inspire the work of the Howl! arts collective in Montreal.
In Montreal, art is a key element of the intensely complex collective identity that stretches across this beautiful island city.
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"Our block has never been and will never be for sale," James Mickelson said, sitting just west of Hastings and Main, a few doors down from his home, the Regent Hotel.
Behind him, the wreckage of Pantages Theatre; its old brick front, and a jagged heap of cinderblocks, plywood and two-by-fours are all that remain of the heritage building, once hoped by locals to become needed social housing. Pantages is being demolished. A condominium tower being marketed to social workers -- Sequel 138 -- will replace it, here in the heart of Vancouver's Downtown Eastside (DTES).