The upside of Gastown's so-called gentrification

I try to keep my personal feelings about Gastown/DTES development away from this blog. I don't want to bore those readers who are far removed geographically, nor do I wish to incense people who oppose development in the area.

Living and working here, however, makes it very difficult to ignore the ongoing struggle between the DTES residents/activists, and the business people/developers/gentrifiers etc.  Before RainCityKnits, I worked in the field of social justice and environmental sustainability and I remain deeply connected to the beliefs that guided me through this work. On the flip side though, I am now a (tiny!) business person here in Gastown. 

For the reasons listed above, I get incredibly excited when I learn of inclusive projects down here. Save on Meats is a fantastic example of this inclusive approach to business and community development. When I found Mark Brand's amazing TedX Vancouver 2012 appropriately titled The Impact of an Unconventional Solution, I decided that I had to share it. (And since I just walked passed him on the street, I thought it was time to finally post this).

Everyone's got an opinion. What's yours?