This Old House: Can social housing save Vancouver's history?

With the city bringing injunctions against two notorious single room occupancy hotels (SRO), and Heritage Vancouver putting part of Strathcona on its top 10 list of endangered heritage spaces in the city, Megaphone looks at the fight for good quality, low income housing in the Downtown Eastside.

 

 

As historic buildings come down and condos replace them, one Vancouver historian and housing advocate makes the case for converting heritage buildings into social housing to preserve both the buildings and the character of the low-income neighbourhood.

 

 

Also in this issue of Megaphone: Simon Fraser University economics professor Krishna Pendakur talks about the problem with measuring poverty; one SRO resident tells the city just what it's like to live in a slum hotel; a coalition of organizations and housing advocates petition the city to buy the historic Pantages theatre and turn it into resident-run social housing; and David Suzuki debunks climate change deniers.  

 

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