Downtown Eastside Area Plan

Downtown Eastside Local Area Plan

Vancouver reveals $1-billion plan for Downtown Eastside revival Sunny Dhillon The Globe and Mail The City of Vancouver has unveiled its 30-year vision for the Downtown Eastside, a $1-billion plan that calls for thousands more units of social housing, increased employment opportunities for area residents and a Hastings Street renaissance.   City of Vancouver rejects proposed social innovation hub at former police station site Bob Williams, a director of Vancity, is spearheading a plan to accomplish this through the creation of a new Vancouver Centre for Social Innovation and Inclusion in the almost 100,000-square-foot building. He told the Straight that it could be modelled on Toronto’s Centre for Social Innovation, which brings entrepreneurs, artists, and nonprofit agencies under one roof to learn from one another. The proposed Vancouver centre has the backing of Vancity and Simon Fraser University, which are each prepared to be represented on the board, according to Williams. He pointed out that Vancity has forwarded $1.5 million to its community foundation for the project, and SFU is prepared to “find” a similar amount. A report on the proposed centre features more than two dozen letters of support from high-tech and nonprofit organizations, arts groups, a First Nations Read more