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Downtown Eastside

Gritty, varied, authentic, fraught: few areas of Vancouver are home to as much controversy as the Downtown Eastside. Once the glittering centre of downtown, with Main Street more than living up to its name, the area is now home to a dense concentration of services for people on the margins, and was until recently also known as “Skid Road.” Spurred on by its relative affordability, heavy development encroaches on the DTES’s north and west flanks; these areas have been marketed as eastern Gastown and Railtown, to distinguish themselves from what’s seen as a less-than-sellable name. But the DTES is an unavoidable part of the larger community; it’s home to a great number of historic landmarks and plenty of underappreciated businesses worth a visit.

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How Drug Users are the First Line of Defense in the Opioid Crisis

How Drug Users are the First Line of Defense in the Opioid Crisis

The Portland Hotel Society's Spikes on Bikes program combats stigma and save lives with peer-level outreach.

Support the Women of the DTES at the Women’s Summer Fair and Flea Market

Support the Women of the DTES at the Women’s Summer Fair and Flea Market

The Women’s Summer Fair and Flea Market is back for a second year.

Is Vancouver Ready for the High Line Effect?

Is Vancouver Ready for the High Line Effect?

The $200-million park planned for Northeast False Creek could become a glittering urban gem—and another dividing line between rich and poor.

Review: Why You Shouldn’t Forget About Pidgin

Review: Why You Shouldn’t Forget About Pidgin

This Downtown Eastside room continues to impress with French-Asian flavours and modern techniques.

Vancouver’s Future Hinges on the Fight to Save Chinatown

Vancouver’s Future Hinges on the Fight to Save Chinatown

The controversy over a proposed Keefer Street development begs a big question: can we preserve our heritage and keep our neighbourhoods alive?

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Here’s What Downtown Vancouver Could Look Like Without the Viaducts

Here’s What Downtown Vancouver Could Look Like Without the Viaducts

The city is looking for your feedback on its plan to overhaul Northeast False Creek.

Can Vancouver Crack Feminism’s Diversity Problem?

Can Vancouver Crack Feminism’s Diversity Problem?

One month after Vancouver's massive Women’s March on Washington, activists are trying to overcome their differences and keep the momentum going.

Do Vancouver Parks Need “Pooch Patches” and Dog-Friendly Dig Zones?

Do Vancouver Parks Need “Pooch Patches” and Dog-Friendly Dig Zones?

The Vancouver Park Board wants feedback on ideas to reduce clashes with the canine classes.

9 Ways to Ring in the Year of the Rooster

9 Ways to Ring in the Year of the Rooster

In a city that has one of the largest Chinese New Year celebrations in the country, it's hard to know where to go (and what to eat) first. Lucky for you, VanMag has complied a list...

Condo of the Week: Tastefully Updated Steal on Hastings-Sunrise

Condo of the Week: Tastefully Updated Steal on Hastings-Sunrise

Who says there aren’t a few good deals out there right now?

A food lover’s guide to Hastings-Sunrise

A food lover’s guide to Hastings-Sunrise

We've mapped it out for you. Literally.