Tuesday Morning Paragraph – This Area is a Stronghold


Carnegie Community Action Project

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Dear Mayor & Council,

Why should we preserve the Downtown Eastside as a low-income community?

This area is like a stronghold

These are notes from CCAP mapping and visioning sessions recorded in 2008-2009.

“This area is like a stronghold. It’s a place that even though you are backed in you are completely safe. It’s like a last stand and you know who you are.”

“Here you don’t have to justify who you are.”

“There’s a lack of judg(ing) and a strong sense of loyalty.”

“I don’t feel stared at.”

“I’m scared that classism will come with condos.”

“The people here are unpretentious. I don’t feel alienated here.”

“I have 1000’s of friends here.”

“You can be with people and not have to change.”

“We’re all equal.”

(These Tuesday morning paragraphs are brought to you by the Carnegie Community Action Project to help you understand why the DTES should continue to be a low-income community and not be overwhelmed with condos.)