We Are Too Poor To Afford Anything

Report: Retail Gentrification in the DTES

The report is the result of a year-long project, in which low-income residents surveyed over 450 retail stores in the neighbourhood. The survey found new gentrifying businesses selling $138 mink eyelashes and $11 juice bottles in an area where over 13,000 people live in deep poverty having to survive on social assistance. The report reveals the extent of retail gentrification in the DTES and its impact on low-income residents in the area. The report also includes recommendations in response to the City’s new Community Economic Development Plan for the DTES.