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'Exclusion Zone': Chinatown, Gastown tourists flooded with negative travel reviews

Business associations and tourism promoters near the downtown Eastside area are meeting this week to discuss how they can play a role.

A Hop On Hop Off bus on East Hastings St. on July 27, 2022.
East Hastings Street hop-on hop-off bus on 27th July Photo courtesy of NICK PROCAYLO /PNG

Experience the store.

'Don't feel safe', 'Exclusion zone', 'Avoid, avoid, avoid - shocking slums - sad' in India, Netherlands, UK. Others mentioned random violence, rampant graffiti, and the dire situation of the homeless.

Business associations and tourism promoters near the Downtown East Side are meeting this week to discuss what role they can play in ameliorating these bad first impressions.

"I hear conversations with tourists and concerns about some of the things people are seeing on the streets. There is a sense of this dire situation here on the Downtown East Side, and it is affecting tourism," said Walley Wargolet, executive director of the Gastown Business Improvement Society.

The City of Vancouver is working to remove a temporary shelter on East Hastings Street between Main and Carral Streets due to fire safety concerns.

Scenes from East Hastings St in the Downtown Eastside (DTES) on August 3, 2022.
From East Hastings Street, Downtown East Side (DTES) in August Scene of Photo by NICK PROCAYLO /PNG

On Sunday, the mayor urged state governments to reform the judicial system. Deal with a serial killer who endangers public safety and respond to the needs of mental health services before a suspect sets fire to an apartment and attacks residents with a machete.

"We are constantly emphasizing that we know there is a humanitarian crisis in this camp and in our city camp and there is a lack of places for people to go. But then we also have to look at the wider community and the impact they have,” said Wargolet.

He said many businesses are still struggling to recover despite increased traffic on the roads in recent weeks as the pandemic is still underway. said there is.

"It has to go on for years. If there is a blemish in the branding of what Vancouver is and it has a negative impact and people don't want to visit our city. It's a very big concern, and it's a concern we have and it needs to be addressed."

Destination Vancouver CEO Royce Chwin said his organization's responsibilities include: It is to help Vancouver emerge from the pandemic with a vibrant tourism economy, he said. He said there have been negative tourist reviews of these downtown neighborhoods for over a decade.

Hop On Hop Off bus on Keefer at Columbia in Vancouver, BC., August 8, 2022.
Kiefer Hop-On Hop-Off Bus 2022 8 Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, March 8th. Photo by Arlen Redekop /PNG

I'm here. His returning visitors have long said some conditions of the Downtown East Side rank along the streets of the rough neighborhoods of San Francisco and Detroit. There seems to be, he said. In April, a band's tour bus was marked with graffiti and members found overdosed people beside and under it.He now employs additional security guards to monitor parked buses. increase.

"I still do it because the inside venue is great. During the day, when I'm unloading outside, I hear screaming. It's more aggressive than before," Mayoral said. Fierros said.

Her Lorraine Lowe, executive director of Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, said that when employees arrived at work, they were treated to a racist, anti-Asian tirade of vandalism. Said we were greeted with waves, garbage. And feces were regularly left at their gates.

"We are very considerate in directing visitors back to the waterfront area, telling them where not to go (shouldn't go) , Uber or taxi, or walk north to Abbott Street."

She contacted her counterparts in Portland and Seattle, reporting similar situations of poverty and concentration of drug treatment services. said it does.

According to Lowe, the situation is complex, but as a result some of the poorest and most marginalized residents of her SRO in East Hastings feel unsafe in a small space. , being yelled at or assaulted.

Scenes from the Downtown Eastside on East Hastings St. on July 27, 2022.
Downtown East Side view of East Hastings Street on July 27 , 2022. PHOTOGRAPH BY NICK PROCAYLO /PNG

said it was trying to provide food for She takes care of her family, home and employees.

``We grew up in this neighborhood. I drank in and got drunk and disordered and stayed to dry myself off and go back to work again,” said Eng. See:

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